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17.05.2017 13:52

One of the best copies of the Nefertiti Bust to be exhibited in Voronezh

Between 18 May and 10 June, a unique exhibition “Nefertiti’s Image” will be held in the Kramskoy museum. It will present one of the best copies of Nefertiti bust sculptures of today. The exhibit belongs to Russian Centre for Egyptology and Oriental Studies of the Voloshin library (Moscow).

The sculptural portrait of Queen Nefertiti (ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC), the wife of Pharaoh Echnaton, is one of the most significant and famous works of art all over the world. It was discovered on 6 December 1912 by the German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt who worked at Akhetaten, the remains of a capital of Ancient Egypt (today Tell el-Amarna). The image of Nefertiti wearing a blue cap crown was created in Thutmose's workshop in 14th century BC and not only has brought fame to its creator and the archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt but has also became an ever-lasting standard for beauty, style, and delicacy. Nefertiti’s sculptural portrait was brought to Germany. In 1920, it was donated to the Near East Museum in Berlin.

The portrait survived the Second World War. Together with other masterpieces it was hidden in a tower of a flak bunker and a salt mine. Today, the bust of the Egyptian queen is stored in the Egyptian Museum (Berlin).

In 2016, a team headed by the artist Eduard Agapov and a well-known Russian Egyptologist Viktor Sokin used a 3D scanning technique to create a highly accuracy copy of Nefertiti’s sculptural portrait. It has been recognised as one of the best existing copies of the masterpiece. The Nefertiti bust has never left the museum in Berlin. The copy which was made in Moscow belongs a permanent exhibition of Russian Centre for Egyptology and Oriental Studies of the Voloshin library (Moscow). The image of Nefertiti has never been exhibited in other museums. Voronezh has become an exception as the creators of the copy has long-standing friendly and professional relations with their colleagues from our city.

The exhibition will be open for two weeks. The visitors to Kramskoy museum will have a chance to see Nefertiti till 10 June. The entrance fee for the Nefertiti’s image exhibition is included in the entrance fee for the main exhibition, which is 100 roubles.

Olga Gnezdilova

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