The most beautiful woman in the world.

Queen of Egypt, powerful consort of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, who tried unsuccessfully to instroduce monotheism to Egypt,  and one of the most powerful women in her times, Nefertiti. Reigning with her husband, she gave birth to six daughters, and her history disappeared 14 years into his reign, presumably from a plague that was raging at that time in Egypt.

Soon her husband’s religion would be swept away, along with her legacy (her husband was succeeded by King Tutankhamen, AKA King Tut, from a different wife, who married her daughter according to Egyptian custom.

Her main legacy is her famous bust has been admired by millions.nefertiti

But recently, German Egyptologists at the museum that holds the art work decided to scan the bust to see below the superficial paint…and found the original image had been altered four times with a little plaster, and that the later alterations included wrinkles and eye bags.

X-ray pictures of the bust by a computer tomography machine at the nearby Charite Hospital in Berlin revealed that the sculpture is a piece of limestone with details added using four outer layers of plaster of Paris.

“We have discovered that the sculptor later added gentle wrinkles to her face, especially around the eyes,” said Dietrich Wildung, director of the Museum of Egyptology housed in the upper storey of the Altes Museum.

“The wrinkles make the image more individual and expressive.”

So remember gals: you aren’t old and wrinkled. You are just “more individual and expressive”.

Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket

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