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Bust of Queen Nefertiti, 1912-1928

Queen Nefertiti was the consort of the pharaoh Akhenaton, father of Tutankhamun. She was famed for her beauty. The original of this bust of Nefertiti dates from the 18th dynasty (c. 1383-1365BCE). It was found at Amatha, Egypt, in 1912. This is a plaster copy of the original now housed at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. Makeup was commonly used in Ancient Egypt. It focused on the eye. Kohl eyeliner was frequently used to replicate the appearance of the sun god, Re or the eye of Horus that was believed to give protection to its wearers.

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