Whitewash – Nefertiti Skintone Controversy


by Al Bloomfield

Monday February 12, 2018

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – Bristol University unveiled a radical, facial reconstruction of the ancient Queen Nefertiti. She reigned over ancient Egypt over the 3,000 years ago, with her religious revolutionary husband, Pharaoh Amenhotep IV. The radical aspect of this peculiar version of the ancient Queen is that the bust looks suspiciously Caucasian, even though the skin-tone of the image of the world-famous bust of Nefertiti (created in 1345 BC by Thutmose the Sculptor)portrays her as what many would call a “fair mulatto” or “light-skinned black” woman.

Researchers responsible for the 3-D bust used 3-D imaging technology to get the face right based on what is believed to be the Queen’s mummy. But for the skin-tone, researchers decided not to use the skin-tone as depicted in her famous bust, but used a lighter skin-tone which was more Caucasian in nature.

This alleged “whitewashing” caused an angry firestorm of controversy throughout social media. The 3-D image-based bust, which is admittedly fairer in skin complexion than the ancient bust based on the actual person, was denounced universally as a “whitewash”. However, Dr. Aiden Dotson, an Egyptologist at Bristol University, defended his decision to “whitewash” the bust stating, “The sculptor used images of modern Egyptian women as her reference point for skin colour – but under the studio lights it looked lighter than ‘in real life,’ in which the bust is consistent with many of my Egyptian friends.” What Egyptians look like today – having completely intermarried with the descendants of Arab conquerors – would not necessarily be what Egyptians looked like during the time of Queen Nefertiti when the Arabs were still in Arabia.

Sources of information for this report included CNN.

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