Germany: Nefertiti Stays

Germans Say Nefertiti’s Bust Will Remain In Berlin

BERLIN Jan 28 (Reuters Life!) – Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said on Friday that Germany would not send the bust of an ancient Egyptian queen to modern-day Egypt because it was obtained nearly a century ago.

Wowereit defended a German foundation’s possession of Nefertiti’s bust that has been in Berlin since 1913 after a dispute flared this week over its ownership between the foundation and Egypt’s antiquities chief.

“Nefertiti is staying in Berlin,” Wowereit told mass-circulation daily Bild. “Nothing was looted. There was a fair agreement and there’s no reason to send her back to Egypt.”

The 3,400-year-old bust is one of Berlin’s top tourist attractions with one million viewers going annually to Berlin’s Neues Museum to see it. It was found by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt south of Cairo in 1912.

Egypt’s antiquities chief, Zahi Hawass, said that the bust, famed for its almond-shaped eyes and swan-like neck, was passed off intentionally as a lesser find by Borchardt to Egyptian officials at the time, arguing that the bust belongs to Egypt.

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  1. Hawass wants to return all these artifacts to Egypt. He’s also fighting with Britain to return the Rosetta Stone…

    Sadly, the fact that some of these priceless pieces are elsewhere in the world, they are much safer there than in Egypt.

    He has done great work in the field of Egyptology and is very passionate about these antiquities… now with all those riots, Hawass has now been appointed the Minister of Culture or something in Mubarak’s new cabinet.

    Hawass has laid into protesting NAACP & co. in the past:

    “Tutankhamun was not black: Egypt antiquities chief

    (AFP) – Sep 25, 2007

    CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass insisted Tuesday that Tutankhamun was not black despite calls by US black activists to recognise the boy king’s dark skin colour.

    “Tutankhamun was not black, and the portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilisation as black has no element of truth to it,” Hawass told reporters.

    “Egyptians are not Arabs and are not Africans despite the fact that Egypt is in Africa,” he said, quoted by the official MENA news agency.

    Hawass said he was responding to several demonstrations in Philadelphia after a lecture he gave there on September 6 where he defended his theory.

    Protestors also claimed images of King Tut were altered to show him with lighter skin at the “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibit which leaves Philadelphia for London on September 30.

    The exhibition sparked an uproar when it kicked off in Los Angeles in June 2005 when black activists demanded that a bust of the boy king be removed because the statue portrays him as white.

    The face of the legendary pharaoh, who died around 3,300 years ago at the age of just 19, was reconstructed in 2005 through images collected through CAT scans of his mummy.

    The boy king’s intact tomb caused an international sensation when it was discovered by Briton Howard Carter in 1922 near Luxor in southern Egypt.

    Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved.”

    Allah forbid there should be a record of world heritage… it’s idolatry, I tell ya! Destroy it all. (sarc)

    Their BS about contributions to science is laughable, and aside from that, all they’re good at is killing, raping, extortion and destruction of civilizations, present and past.

    They shouldn’t be surprised that they are losing more and more respect from others. Barbaric is as barbaric does.

    1. “Tutankhamun was not black,”- neither was Nefertiti.

      For once, Hawass tells the truth. What he doesn’t say is that everything from the period of Jahiliyyah, the ‘age of ignorance’, or everything before Muhammad invented Allah and jihad, is of no value to any Muslim. The Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan and countless monuments destroyed from pre-Islamic times in Islam-occupied countries bear witness to the destructive force and barbarism that is Islam.

      And the Arab rabble that occupies Egypt today are not the Egyptians that left us these great monuments of world heritage.

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