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Famed Nefertiti bust 'A FAKE' : Expert - UPDATES

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« on: May 21, 2009, 02:37:30 pm »

Henri Stierlin says it is "dishonest" to exhibit an artwork whose authenticity is not proven.

But Dietrich Wildung, head of Berlin's Egyptian Mudeum and a longtime friend of Stierlin, emphatically defends the bust's provenance.

"We would not put an even remotely questionable object on display for 700,000 visitors to see every year," Wildung says.

One Mysterious Lady

The debate about Nefertiti's authenticity is not likely to go away any time soon. The emblematic character that makes her so attractive also makes her the perfect blank slate for theories like Stierlin's. And he's not alone, as the Berlin-based historian Erdogan Ercivan also maintains that the bust is a fake. And even if the evidence supporting such doubt is scant, the suspicion is difficult to explain away.

Simon dreams of one day hosting a colloquium of experts drawn from the world's best museums, who would work together on unlocking some of the statue's secrets. Perhaps they could come from London's British Museum or the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where Simon used to work. Or maybe from the Louvre in Paris, whose lab employs 180 people.

Simon's lab in Berlin, on the other hand, has 12. And the slow pace of the current work guarantees that, for the time being, the mysteries surrounding Nefertiti will remain just that.

For his part, Henri Stierlin says he can wait. "They know I'm right," he says.
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