Queen Nefertiti

Queen Nefertiti

Artist Tuthmosis

Date ca. 1348-1336/35

Movement Egyptian | New Kingdom | 18th Dynasty

Medium Limestone

Dimensions height 19”

Provenance Amarna, Egypt

Housed at Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Ägyptisches Museum

Though this piece was abandoned and left unfinished at the time of Akhenaten’s death, the piece nonetheless represents an exquisite and masterful work. The finely balanced and symmetrical forms of the queen’s bust serve as the foundation for smooth planes and well-defined features. As the artist had done in his treatment of Prince Rahotep and His Wife, Thutmosis has applied a layer of vividly colored paints to the limestone’s surface, allowing the piece to come to life.