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Famed Nefertiti bust 'A FAKE' : Expert - UPDATES

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« on: May 21, 2009, 02:33:31 pm »

Swiss art historian Henri Stierlin claims that Nefertiti's statue was actually made by archaeologists to display an ancient necklace.

The paucity of organic material on the bust makes it difficult to date it using carbon-dating techniques.

Debating the Evidence

The paint used on the bust yields even fewer clues as to its age. The pigments are all made from minerals, meaning carbon dating cannot be used. Simon points to the network of fissures and cracks in the paint on the surface of the bust. "I cannot imagine that one could reproduce that artificially," he says.

But Stierlin is unimpressed by such details. "People who know how to counterfeit paintings can also reproduce this craquelé effect," he says, referring to an artistic technique that makes surfaces show very small breaks so as to seem old.

Simon also points out that the complicated painting technique used on the bust, leading him to believe that it much older than 100 years. Under a microscope, Simon has found at least five different layers of paint layered one upon the other: first a layer of white paint with blue undertones, then white, then yellow, then blue, then red.

"Everyone knows that Borchardt possessed large quantities of pigment," Stierlin counters. He claims that Borchardt used the samples for experimentation.
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