The new Nefertiti bust (Photo: Al-Ahram)
The entrance to the Upper Egyptian city of Samalout saw on Wednesday the installation of a new Queen Nefertiti bust, six months after the displaying of another bust whose appearance stirred up controversy and sarcasm.
A bust of Queen Nefertiti was removed from the same location in July after locals compared it to Frankenstein, complaining it was ugly and comparing it unfavorably to the original, world famous version.
Photos of the bust went viral on social media, 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.
The new, higher-quality bust was sculpted by Gamal Sedki, a fine arts professor at the University of Minya.