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Late Image of Nefertiti

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Nefertiti here wears the so-called Nubian wig. Formerly this wig had been worn almost exclusively by Nubian soldiers serving in pharaoh's army. Nefertiti seems to have adopted it as her personal symbol. She popularized the Nubian wig to such an extent that both men and women frequently wore it at el Amarna.

MEDIUM Sandstone, pigment
  • Place Excavated: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 11 9/16 x 3 15/16 x 17 1/8 in. (29.3 x 10 x 43.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    PROVENANCE Broad Hall of the State Apartments in the Great Palace in the Central City at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; 1934-35, excavated by John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury for the Egypt Exploration Society (excavation no. 34-35/167); 1935, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Late Image of Nefertiti, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Sandstone, pigment, 11 9/16 x 3 15/16 x 17 1/8 in. (29.3 x 10 x 43.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 35.1999. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1999_wwg7.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.35.1999_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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