Ancient Egypt or bust
Friday 19 May 1995
Plunder - The Bust of Nefertiti (8pm C4) is not just an art-history lesson, it is more - all you ever wanted to know about Nefertiti but were too afraid to admit that you didn't know who she was. The first of three programmes to investigate plundered art treasures by famous museums highlights the corruption and negotiations that took place between the Egyptians and the Germans over the bust.
Abducted in 1912, she is now housed in the Berlin Egyptian Museum, but tourists in Egypt, where she is the number one trademark, ever realise her absence. Perhaps most famous for becoming queen after marrying the pharaoh Akhenaten, she has been accused of being a ruthlessly intelligent, scene-stealing consort, much like the modern-day Princess of Wales or Hillary Clinton. Although we are talking 1370 BC, it gives yet more weight to the adage: behind every great man there has to be a great woman.
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