Nefertiti in Nubian wig

This sandstone fragmented relief depicts Nefertiti wearing the so-called “Nubian wig” with uraeus. Blue pigment of the headdress remains in places, as with the reddish of Nefertiti’s skin. The profile is instantly recognizable with the famous bust of the queen and is delicately carved with a swan like neck, accompanied by a profile carving of her famous face, where the queen has an air of serenity and confidence in her forward stare.

Brooklyn Museum. 35.1999

This piece was gifted to the Brooklyn Museum by the Egypt Exploration Society, and was originally discovered within the remnants of Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s experimental “new” capital, Ahketaten, in modern Tel el-Amarna.


Sandstone fragmentary relief depicting Nefertiti
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c. 1352–1336 B.C.
From Tel el-Amarna
Now on display at the Brooklyn Museum. 35.1999