'Frankenstein' Nefertiti statue removed after public outcry

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Jul 2015


A huge bust of Queen Nefertiti has been removed from the entrance to a city in Upper Egypt after locals compared it to Frankenstein.

Officials in Samalout removed the bust after locals complained it was ugly and compared it unfavourably to the original world famous version.

The bust was installed at the city's entrance on the Egypt-Aswan highway. 

The head of Samalout city, Gamal Kanaway, told Aswat Masriya that the bust would be replaced with a statue of a peace dove.

Photos of the bust went viral on social media on Sunday, with hundreds of Egyptians mocking the statue as extremely ugly compared to the original 3,300-year old Queen Nefertiti bust which was discovered in Ammarna, Minya governorate in 1912.

One of the most widely shared photos compared the statue to Frankenstein in an old Egyptian film. 

Egypt has frequently asked Germany to return the original Nefertiti bust, which is housed in Berlin's Neuse Museum, but has been refused.



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