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Nefertiti's Face

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 240
Subject: History & Classics
Illustrations: 8 page colour plate section

Nefertiti's Face

The Creation of an Icon

Joyce Tyldesley

A major new work exploring the story behind Ancient Egypt's most famous art work.

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781250501 (Published 25 Jan 2018)
£20

About the book

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.

About the author

Joyce Tyldesley is a Senior Lecturer 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

Reviews

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

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

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 240
Subject: History & Classics
Illustrations: 8 page colour plate section
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