CAIRO: The “ugly” replica of the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiri’s bust, which was erected at the entrance of Upper Egypt’s city of Samalot in July 2015, will be replaced by a better version, Al Ahram reported Thursday.
Carved by Jamal Sedki; a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Minya University, the new replica will be erected at the same place in a ceremony scheduled for Friday.
Pictures of the overhasty replica were mocked at by social media activists for its poor design and cheap colors. Activists shared pictures of the original 3,300 year-old masterpiece, currently on display at Neues Museum in Berlin, side by side with the ugly replica.
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.
Queen Nefertiti was the consort of the 18th Dynasty Pharoah Amenhotep IV, also known as Akhenaten.