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Nefertiti bust moved to new home

AFP · 6 Oct 2009, 08:02

Published: 06 Oct 2009 08:02 GMT+02:00

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The bust was transferred on Sunday "with extreme care" to its final resting place, the newly renovated Neues Museum, where it will take pride of place with its own display room, the authority said in a statement.

Nefertiti, renowned as one of history's great beauties, was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton, remembered for having converted his kingdom to monotheism with the worship of one sun god, Aton.

German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt brought the figure to Berlin in 1913, a year after it was unearthed on the banks of the Nile.

But the bust has long been a source of friction between Egypt and Germany. Cairo alleges that Borchardt fraudulently spirited it out of the country and has demanded its return.

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The neoclassical Neues Museum, which suffered heavy bomb damage in World War II, will reopen on October 17 after a more than decade-long, €200-million restoration by British star architect David Chipperfield.

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14:31 October 27, 2009 by Merna
by kiwikraut

(She's a "Berliner Kindl" after all these year ! Egypt want's to have it's cake and eat it too, as usual ! They didn't find it, the German did and took it home, fair enough ! Most of what they did until then was robbing graves and destroying everything that was of no obvious value to them.)

What Nerve !!!!!!

okay Germans found it but they were digging in Egyptian soil weren't they .. finders are not keeper especially when we are talking about more than 3000 years old heritage

and what's that all about "Nefertiti as part of Berlin's history" last time i checked Nefertiti was an ancient Egyptian queen , and soon she will be back HOME in EGYPT

and by the way we don't steel our own treasures the robbers are the ones that "dig and hide"
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