ARCE ONLINE: The Beautiful One Returns: Nefertiti and the Altered Identities of an Icon



Presented by Dr. Nicholas Brown, PhD Student in Egyptology, University of California, Los Angeles

The bust of Nefertiti is, arguably, one of the most iconic and recognizable artifacts from the ancient world. Since her discovery in 1912, and public display in 1923, the use of Nefertiti as a symbol of German imperial power, dominance, and “care for the past” has turned her into an icon and symbol of Berlin and Germany. Subsequent requests by the Egyptian government for her return to Egypt have proved unsuccessful and she remains in Germany to this day. Though the Nefertiti bust is housed in the Neues Museum in Berlin, Egyptians identify her as a symbol of their country and culture. The image and name of Nefertiti feature prominently throughout modern-day Egypt, particularly at tourist destinations, and her persona is easily identified with by many Egyptian citizens. This research explores the different ways in which modern day Egyptians constructed and represented ancient Egyptian history in order to influence social and political movements within the last decade, all through the lens of the Nefertiti bust. The underlying goal of this presentation is to illustrate the ways in which ancient Egyptian art, artifacts, and history can function within modern contexts.

Program length: 60 minutes

Location: Online

Ticketed Event: Free for Bowers and ARCE Members | General $10 | Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation at 11 AM on the day of the program. If you reserve a ticket after 11 AM on January 9, the program link will be included in your email confirmation from ACME Technologies. 

TICKETS: Online or onsite. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Event details

January 9, 2021 11:00 am - 11:59 pm