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Nefertiti

The Award

Yearly Let's Face It honours one of its members by presenting them with a sculpture of Nefertiti to keep for a year.

 

 

 

 

Nefertiti Sting,

"Let the beauty we love be what we do"

Sculpture made by the late Iain Nicoll, a member of Let's Face It.

Award winners...

 

The Nefertiti Sting

Famed throughout the ancient world for her outstanding beauty, Nefertiti remains one of the most well known Queens of Egypt.  Though Akhenaten had several wives, Queen Nefertiti was his chief wife.

Nefertiti's origins are confusing.  It has been suggested that Tiy was also her mother.  Another suggestion is that Nefertiti was Akhenaten's cousin.  Her wet nurse was the wife of the vizier Ay, who could have been Tiy's brother.  Ay sometimes called himself "the God's father, " suggesting that he might have been Akhenaten's father-in-law.  However Ay never specifically refers to himself as the father of Nefertiti, although there are references that Nefertiti's sister, Mutnojme, is featured prominently in the decorations of the tomb of Ay.  We may never know the truth of this bloodline.  Perhaps they didn't know it either!

Her full lips are enhanced by a bold red.  Although the crystal inlay is missing from her left eye, both eyelids and brows are outlined in black.  Her graceful elongated neck balances the tall, flat-top crown contrast the yellow-brown of her smooth skin.  While everything is sculpted to perfection, the one flaw of the piece is a broken left ear.  Because this remarkable sculpture is still in existence, it is no wonder why Nefertiti remains 'The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.'