An art historian and expert on ancient Egypt says the famous 3,400 year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti could be a fake.
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Is Queen Nefertitiís Famous Bust Fake?
Is Queen Nefertitiís Famous Bust Fake?
Is Queen Nefertitiís Famous Bust Fake?

An art historian and expert on ancient Egypt says the famous 3,400 year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti could be a fake. Henri Stierlin, who has studied the subject for 25 years, believes it was made in 1912.

The BBC reports Stierlin, author of numerous books on Ancient Egypt and the Middle East, believes the bust of the famous ancient Egyptian beauty is a gypsum copy. It seems increasingly improbable that the bust is an original, he said.

The Swiss-born historian believes it was made on the orders of German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt, the man credited with the find.

Stierlin said a number of pointers revealed the piece to be a fake, including the fact that the bust had no left eye: ĒAn insult for an ancient Egyptian who believed the statue was the person".

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