The Beauty Of The Nile: Not So Beautiful After All?
Whether or not you consider yourself an expert in Egyptology, you are likely familiar with the bust of Nefertiti. Discovered in 1912 during the excavation of the studio of Thutmose (the royal sculptor to the pharaoh Akhenaten), the 20-inch carving’s symmetry and fine features put it on par with the Mona Lisa as one of the world’s most famous renderings of female beauty. But recent analysis of the limestone core at the center of the external layers of stucco reveal that the ancient Egyptian Queen may not’ve been such a looker. Using advanced CT technology, German scientists have been able to analyze the deepest layers of the art piece, only to discover that Thutmose’s original facial structure had less prominent cheekbones, a slight bump on the ridge of the nose, creases around the corner of the mouth and cheeks, and less depth at the corners of the eyelids. The discovery has prompted experts to suggest that the Pharaoh likely instructed the artist to re-create his wife’s image as he saw her in his mind. And so the origins of airbrushing have finally been discovered.