We simply refuse to believe it. The world-famous 1347 BC Egyptian bust of Queen Nefertiti, wife of the notorious 18th-dynasty pharaoh Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV), renowned when she lived for her astonishing beauty, has been declared a 20th-century fake by Swiss art historian Henri Stierlin.
[Stierlin], who has been working on the subject for 25 years, said he based his findings on several facts. "The bust has no left eye and was never crafted to have one. This is an insult for an ancient Egyptian who believed the statue was the person themself [sic]."
He also said the shoulders were cut vertically in the style practised since the 19th century while "Egyptians cut shoulders horizontally" and that the features were accentuated in a manner recalling that of Art Nouveau.
It was impossible to scientifically establish the date of the bust because it was made of stone covered in plaster, he said.
"The pigments, which can be dated, are really ancient," he added.
Stierlin also listed problems he noted during the discovery and shipment to Germany as well as in scientific reports of the time.
(Our thanks to ArtsJournal for the link.)