Is the bust of Nefertiti a fake?
Swiss art historian Henri Stierlin argues that the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti on display in Berlin's Pergamon museum is a fake. He says that it was created around 1912 as a way for an archaeologist to color test ancient pigments found at the digs, but when a German prince mistook it for an ancient work of art, the archaeologist didn't have the courage to correct his important guest. And so the statue came to be regarded as an ancient work of art. [Agence France Presse
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They captured the world's imagination because they were beautiful, mysterious, and beautiful by all contemporary standards. That certain sounds familiar.
Stierlin is almost certainly wrong. The Nefertiti bust shows signs of having been cast from a real face before receiving the 14th century BC equivalent of an "air-brushing". Also, papers from Germany's own Oriental Institute document how Borchardt smuggled the artefact out of Egypt in disguise as he "wanted to save the bust for us [Germany]" (The Independent).
The original article I read had photos of what the face under the plaster looked like. Don't have time this evening to slog through Yahoo search, but it's there somewhere.