There is a tremendous amount of interest in Nefertiti, who died in the 14th Century B.C., and was known as the Ruler of the Nile Nefertitiand Daughter of Gods. She was an Egyptian queen and the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh.

Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc. She is also thought thought to be Tutankhamun‘s stepmother.

Nefertiti is well known for her elegant beauty. Her image, and bust have been an icon for many women and for many modern cosmetic lines.

This past October, a pair of artists, Al-Badri and Nelles, secretly scanned the head of Queen Nefertiti at the Neues Museum in Berlin without permission of the Museum.

In January, the artists released a 3D-printed, one-to-one polymer resin model they claim is the most precise replica of the bust ever made, with just micrometer variations.

The images are available under a Creative Commons Licence. Now everybody around the world can access, study, print or remix a 3D dataset of Nefertitis head in high resolution. This data is accessible under a public domain without any charge, and you can download them at this link.

Nefertiti bust

The Neues Museum in Berlin until today does not allow any access to the head of Nefertiti nor to the data from their scan. “With the data leak as a part of this counter narrative we want to activate the artefact, to inspire a critical re-assessment of today’s conditions and to overcome the colonial notion of possession in Germany” the two artists say.

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