Sample History Paper on Bust of Nefertiti

Source: “Nefertiti’s Bust.” King Khufu and the Great Pyramid | Cheops,

Material Data

The iconic “Bust of Nefertiti” was created by Thutmose in 1345 BC. It is 48 centimetres in height (roughly 19 inches). The materials used to create the art are limestone and stucco. It was discovered in 1912 in Amarna, Egypt. Its current location is Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany. The bust is a depiction of the beauty of Nefertiti, who was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen of Egypt ( Staff). The carved statue illustrates her delicate features and swanlike neck.

Formal Analysis

A scrutiny of the art reveals a face that is almost intact and symmetrical. However, one of the eyes (left) appears to be missing and is different from the other as it lacks the inlay evident in the right eye. Black paint can be seen in the right eye. A dark blue crown has a golden diadem band looped around it. A broad collar with some floral patterns can also be observed in the art. The left ear seems to have suffered some damage. Concerning the color, blue can be seen in the crown which also has some pigments of brown. The skin color is light red. There is also evidence of black on the eyebrows and right eye pupil.

Personal Reflection

I chose this work not only for its dramatic history, in that it is an epitaph of Akhenaten’s religious revolution but also because of its value as a piece of art (Paris). It is attractive at first sight because of the perfect mixture of colors from brown to red to blue to white. The crown worn by the female figure is attractive because of the golden diadem bands looped around it. The face is distinct and it is easier to point out various features such as the mouth, nose, eyes, and ears. This is unlike most other works of the age wherein it is usually difficult to identify facial features.



Works Cited

Franz, Paris. “The Bust of Nefertiti Continues to Fascinate.” Decoded={past…}. 29 April 2014. Accessed 22 August 2018. Staff. “Nefertiti.”, A&E Television Networks, 2010,

“Nefertiti’s Bust.” Ancient Egypt online. Accessed 22 August 2018.