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Queen Nefertiti comes to Corban University

Thursday, March 17, 2011
  • The recently acquired bust of ancient Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti on display in the Prewitt/Allen Archeological Museum.

 

She was considered the epitome of beauty in ancient Egypt and now Queen Nefertiti has arrived at Corban University.

On March 3, The Prewitt/Allen Archeological museum received a precise replica of the famous 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, currently housed in the Neues Museum in Berlin. It is part of the Corban’s extensive collection of rare Egyptian and biblical era antiquities, considered the largest on the West Coast north of San Francisco.

“She is Egypt at that period of time,” said Museum Curator Adrian Jeffers. “To have such an accurate representation is a very nice addition to our collection.

The piece replicates damage to the ears and the missing eye of the original Queen Nefertiti bust. Jeffers said many replications have the eye painted on for appearances. While it may be a replica, he said it is a valuable addition to the collection because of it is considered one of the most famous Egyptian antiquities and can serve as a gateway for young and old to enjoy the museum’s many original artifacts from Egypt, Greece and the Middle East.

The Prewitt/Allen Museum is free and open to the public during normal library hours; Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.