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Nefertiti's Face By Joyce Tyldesley

Nefertiti's Face by Joyce Tyldesley

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Nefertiti's Face: The Creation of an Icon by Joyce Tyldesley

More than three thousand years ago a sculptor working in the royal city of Amarna carved a limestone bust of an Egyptian queen. The queen was Nefertiti, consort of the 'heretic pharaoh' Akhenaten. Plastered and painted, Nefertiti's bust depicted an extraordinarily beautiful woman. However, Akhenaten's reign was drawing to an end, and the royal family was soon to be written out of Egypt's official history. Not long after its creation the stone Nefertiti was locked in a storeroom and forgotten. In 1912 the bust was re-discovered and transported to Germany. Initially hidden from the public view, the beautiful queen was eventually displayed in Berlin Museum. Instantly, she became an ancient world celebrity. Egypt has yielded more than its fair share of artistic masterpieces, but no other sculpture has so successfully bridged the gap between the ancient and modern worlds. The timeless beauty of the Nefertiti bust both attracts us and sparks our imagination, but in so doing it obscures our view of the past, shifting attention not only from the other members of the Amarna court, but also from other, equally valid, representations of Nefertiti herself. In this book Joyce Tyldesley explores the creation of a cultural icon, from its ancient origins to its modern context: its discovery, its display, and its dual role as a political pawn and artistic inspiration.

Nefertiti's Face Reviews

Warm and insightful * History Revealed *
Breezily readable -- Ben East * The Observer *
This book's narrative crackles into life ... plunges us into an atmosphere thick with mandarin intrigue, gossip, erotic longing and winged eyeliner. * Guardian *
Who better than Joyce Tyldesley to part the veil that shrouds Egypt's most enigmatically charismatic queen, and the haunting bust of her in a Berlin museum - perhaps the most famous portrait from antiquity. -- Tom Holland
Tyldesley's strength has always been her storytelling -- Sunday Telegraph
A gifted storyteller.... Her writing is crystal-clear and charmingly irreverent * Nature *
Praise for Cleopatra: 'This excellent biography scores with a wealth of splendid detail. * Independent *

About Joyce Tyldesley

Joyce Tyldesley is a Reader in Egyptology at the University of Manchester, and an Honorary Research Associate of the Manchester Museum. She is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including Cleopatra, Last Queen of Egypt, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and Tutankhamen's Curse: The Developing History of an Egyptian King, which won the 2014 Felicia A. Holton Book Award given by the Archaeological Institute of America. Find her on Twitter @JoyceTyldesley

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GOR008832784
9781781250501
1781250502
Nefertiti's Face: The Creation of an Icon by Joyce Tyldesley
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Profile Books Ltd
2018-01-25
240
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