Hussein Bassir, director of the Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, stated that Nefertiti bust belongs to Egypt and officials are demanding its return to the country.
This was a reply to the German Ambassador in Cairo, Julius Georg Loew, who said the bust, that currently exists in Germany, is an example of a Middle East lady living in the German capital.
Loew’s speech was during a conference held yesterday in Cairo before ending his work and returning back to his country.
The German Ambassador also said that, “Nefertiti is glad to live in Germany beside the chancellor Angela Merkel. Both are the most powerful women living in the same street”.
On the other hand, Bassir stressed that Nefertiti should have been in Egypt setting around the great Egyptian artifacts. He demonstrated that the bust was taken illegally outside Egypt since more than 100 years ago.
However, Ludwig Borchardt, the German archaeologist who uncovered the bust, did this intentional disguise to steal it. Borchardt knew that the bust is made of limestone, there’s a note written between Egypt and Germany in 1913 and described Nefertiti bust as if it’s a statue made of gypsum.
This means that Borchardt wrote this fake description in order to pilfer the bust. Furthermore, he hid it for 10 years inside Germany and showed it up in the 1920’s.
Contributed By Salma Yassin