Two Nations Squabble over the BUST of a WOMAN

100_7820According to Der Spiegel, Egypt is making a renewed attempt to get Germany to give the ancient bust of Nefertiti back:

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has possession of the bust and rejects any charge of cheating. The idea that the antiquities were not divided according to the rules in 1913 “is false,” the foundation has claimed in a statement. Lefébvre, in other words, just overlooked the importance of the piece.

The German Oriental Institute admits the existence of the document, but also maintains there was no serious breach of the rules. “Nefertiti was at the top of the exchange list,” a spokesman for the company told SPIEGEL. “The inspector could have looked at everything closely…. It’s not admissible to complain about the deal reached at the time.”

The well-preserved Nefertiti bust depicts the queen of Sun King Akhenaten, who was pharaoh of ancient Egypt at the peak of its imperial power almost 3,400 years ago. Egypt has demanded it back from Germany for various reasons since the 1930s. It’s now a star attraction at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, which receives half a million visitors per year.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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