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Nefertiti's face : the creation of an icon

Author: Joyce A Tyldesley
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press edtionView all editions and formats
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"In Nefertiti's Face, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley tells the story of the bust, from its origins in a busy workshop of the late Bronze Age to its rediscovery and controversial removal to Europe in 1912 and its present status as one of the world's most treasured artifacts. This wide-ranging history takes us from the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt to wartime Berlin and engages the latest in Pharaonic scholarship.
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Genre/Form: Portraits
Named Person: Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt; Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt; Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce A Tyldesley
ISBN: 9780674983755 0674983750
OCLC Number: 1002826416
Description: viii, 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Seeking Nefertiti --
Background to the Amarna Age --
Part I: Creating Nefertiti. Thutmose ; Chief of works ; Taught by the king ; The beautiful woman --
Part II: Recreating Nefertiti. The colourful queen ; The German queen ; Multiple Nefertitis ; Looking for Nefertiti.
Responsibility: Joyce Tyldesley.

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"In Nefertiti's Face, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley tells the story of the bust, from its origins in a busy workshop of the late Bronze Age to its rediscovery and controversial removal to Europe in 1912 and its present status as one of the world's most treasured artifacts. This wide-ranging history takes us from the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt to wartime Berlin and engages the latest in Pharaonic scholarship. Tyldesley sheds light on both Nefertiti's life and her improbable afterlife, in which she became famous simply for being famous."--Publisher's description

"Little is known about Nefertiti, the Egyptian queen whose name means 'a beautiful woman has come.' She was the wife of Akhenaten, the pharaoh who ushered in the dramatic Amarna Age, and she bore him at least six children. She played a prominent role in political and religious affairs, but after Akhenaten's death she apparently vanished and was soon forgotten. Yet Nefertiti remains one of the most famous and enigmatic women who ever lived. Her instantly recognizable face adorns a variety of modern artifacts, from expensive jewelry to cheap postcards, t-shirts, and bags, all over the world. She has appeared on page, stage, screen, and opera. In Britain, one woman has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on plastic surgery in hope of resembling the long-dead royal. This enduring obsession is the result of just one object: the lovely and mysterious Nefertiti bust, created by the sculptor Thutmose and housed in Berlin's Neues Museum since before World War II. In [thiss book], Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley tells the story of the bust, from its origins in a busy workshop of the late Bronze Age to its rediscovery and controversial removal to Europe in 1912 and its present status as one of the world's most treasured artifacts. This wide-ranging history takes us from the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt to wartime Berlin and engages the latest in Pharaonic scholarship. Tyldesley sheds light on both Nefertiti's life and her improbable afterlife, in which she became famous simply for being famous."--Jacket.

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