Torso of Queen Nefertiti

    SKU: cmcn446370

    £215.00 Members' price *


    This is one of the rare cult statues associated with the Ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti. The sculpture is made in France from hand-finished resin and measures 37cm high.

    Inspired by an Ancient Egyptian original made of red quartzile, this statue of Nefertiti shows the artistic style of Akhenaton, an ancient Egyptian king (XVIIIth Dynasty). Under Akhenaton's rule, Egyptian art adopted a revolutionary new style - moving away from the traditional Egyptian style of portraying people with ideal, perfect physiques, to a new and rather jarring style as illustrated here. It would seem that the artists were attempting to portray people with brutal honesty, to the extent that the images became caricatures.

    The excessive size of Nefertiti's hips and thighs, among other things, was thought to evoke the source of life, a gift from the god that lives in them and that they in turn pass on to their subjects. This explains why beautiful and mysterious Nefertiti (it is probably her), with her adolescent bust, is distorted.

    The bottom-heavy weight is however lessened by the elegant and intelligent arrangement of the pleats, evoking solar rays, of the tunic and shawl. The pleats soften the body; the material, a beautiful red quartzite, also gives it an incredibly lively intensity.

    Far from the usual cliches representing Nefertiti's face alone, this suggestive though mutilated work probably shows her advancing toward Aton (the sun god), with her eyes closed and her right hand raised in sign of respect.


    Product code: cmcn446370
    Exhibition: Ancient lives
    World culture: Ancient Egypt
    Materials: Hand-finished resin
    Details: Made in France
    Size: 37cm (tall) x 12cm (wide) x 12cm (thick)
    Weight: 1.95kg
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