Queen Nefertiti is part of whose heritage -- Germany's or Egypt's?





BERLIN -- She was rumoured to be the world's most beautiful woman in her time.

Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt, was the co-ruler of her country in the 14th Century BC. Today, the bust of Nefertiti (whose name literally means "a beautiful woman has arrived") has pride of place in the Antiquities collection in Berlin's Altes Museum...

But, once again, the bust of Nefertiti is the subject of a heated debate, as it appears the Egyptians want it back [at least on loan]...

This latest announcement has opened a can of worms as the German government has refused to give it back...

Bizarrely enough, a campaign has now been launched in Germany called "Nefertiti Travels"...

"For the last 95 years, Berlin has insisted that the ownership of Nefertiti's bust is legally perfectly clear," says CulturCooperation's Lena Blosat.

"The Germans claim that Nefertiti has become an integral part of our cultural identity here in Germany, which we are not prepared to part with. And the Egyptians say she is our Egyptian Queen and thus part of our culture.

"Today, even allowing the bust to be exhibited in Egypt for three months is an issue which museum directors are obviously not willing to discuss," she said.


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