CAIRO: An “ugly Nefertiti Bust” placed at the entrance of Samalut City in Upper Egypt was removed after a wave of criticism on social media Sunday, according to news reports.
Pictures of the bust of ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, which will be replaced by a statue of the peace dove, were mocked by social media activists for its poor design and cheap colors. Activists shared pictures of the famous 1345 BC bust of the queen, comparing them to Minya governorate’s one in 2015.
The iconic bust of the queen is now placed in Neues Museum in Berlin.
Social media users rejected the statue for distorting the depiction of the 18th dynasty’s queen, whose bust is known for artistic elegance. Samalut residents also expressed their anger over the statue, which they saw as “insulting and shameful” to the Minya governorate.
Activists also shared satire pictures mocking Minya’s “ugly statue.”
In a statement explaining the incident, Minya Governor Salah el-Din Ziyada said that the sculptors working on the statue’s restoration “failed in presenting it in its original image, known for its beauty and precise Egyptian facial features.”
Ziyada added that those responsible for presenting the statue in a “distorted fashion” and placed it at the entrance of the city without consulting specialists and technicians will be referred to investigations.
The head of Samalut city Gamal Qenawy claimed that the statue was damaged during the Muslim Brotherhood group’s protests following the 2013 dispersal of Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda sit-ins, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm news website.
Queen Nefertiti is the wife of Amenhotep IV, who later renamed himself Akhenaten.