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Nefertiti Bust creates controversial debate

A new 3-D scan of Queen Nefertiti has been creating a controversial topic recently.

The bust was created by paleoartist Elizabeth Daynes and Egyptologist Dr. Aidan Dodson. It took them over 500 hours to scan and recreate this bust. The bust will be premiering on the second-part special of “Expedition Unknown” on Wednesday with Dr. Josh Gates.

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Dodson was given permission from Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and the Egyptian Museum to remove the glass covering the mummy so he could scan the skull. This, along with Daynes 3-D image, has been said to be the most accurate bust of Nefertiti according to Dr. Gates.

But a few users on Twitter would disagree with Dr. Gates. Some people are claiming that the skin color of Nefertiti is darker than the bust replicates.

Twitter user, @prestonbrwn_, said “my Queen Nefertiti was BLACKITY BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK! stop spreading this false sense of white superiority over other cultures history.”

Another Twitter user, @RashunCowan, wrote “Now we all know good and well, Queen Nefertiti looks like the queen from the Remember the Time video. I don’t know who they conjured up…”

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Uso Okonkwo, a sophomore at Florida Southern College, said “Funny thing is that for art history we discussed this a lot.”

“The original bust is made out of limestone, which is very pale and white. So the person who made the original first Nefertiti bust would have had to paint over it for an accurate representation.”

The original Nefertiti bust was found in 1912 by a German archaeologist. The original bust has a darker skin tone than the newly created one. Pictures that depict Nefertiti have a darker skin tone. The controversy around this bust is that it could it be considered ”

thewhite washing” African American culture.

There is nothing wrong with recreating  a bust of Queen Nefertiti, or even putting your own twist to how she looks. But there is a problem when artist neglect to do the proper research for such a historical piece of art. And then claiming this new statue as ‘accurate’ when it is not.

The misrepresentation of African American culture does not go  unnoticed. Although all people from Africa come in different shades, it would be irresponsible to say that Queen Nefertiti was as fair as depicted in the images above.

While the bust is very impressive, and the advances used to make this art are nice, the fact can’t be ignored that this bust should represent all aspects of  Nefertiti, not just her skull structure. How are young African American children supposed to accurately learn about their culture if there are inconsistent models of their heroes?

“From my perspective,  it seems as if the person who recreated the new piece didn’t take into an account of the history behind the piece,” Okonkwo said.

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