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Unfinished Portrait of Nefertiti

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Excavated: Tell el Amarna
  • PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 7/16 × 5 1/4 in. (13.8 × 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 33.686
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Unfinished Portrait of Nefertiti. Limestone, 5 7/16 × 5 1/4 in. (13.8 × 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 33.686. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.33.686_view01.jpg)
    IMAGE front, CUR.33.686_view01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Unfinished sculptor's trial piece on white limestone, being a portrait of Nefertiti. She is recognizable by her tall crown, on which the uraeus is not indicated. Following a preliminary sketch in black ink, the head had only begun to be carved.
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