Late Image of Nefertiti
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Nefertiti here wears the so-called Nubian wig. Formerly this wig had been worn almost exclusively by Nubian soldiers serving in pharaoh's army. Nefertiti seems to have adopted it as her personal symbol. She popularized the Nubian wig to such an extent that both men and women frequently wore it at el Amarna.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
11 9/16 x 3 15/16 x 17 1/8 in. (29.3 x 10 x 43.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
Broad Hall of the State Apartments in the Great Palace in the Central City at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; 1934-35, excavated by John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury for the Egypt Exploration Society (excavation no. 34-35/167); 1935, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society to the Brooklyn Museum.
Late Image of Nefertiti, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Sandstone, pigment, 11 9/16 x 3 15/16 x 17 1/8 in. (29.3 x 10 x 43.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 35.1999. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1999_wwg7.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.35.1999_wwg7.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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What the significance of Nefertiti?
Nefertiti was the primary wife to the pharaoh Akhenaten, an already significant religious and political role in ancient Egypt. Many changes were made during his reign to the government and religion which included ascribing even more power to his Queen. For this reason, numerous depictions of her a known, like this relief, the others you see in this gallery, and, of course, the famous Bust of Nefertiti in Berlin.
She was very significant! Thanks!