During yesterday’s TODAY Show, a reconstruction Queen Nefertiti decked in her traditional royal regalia was revealed. A team historians, artists and other pressionals, led by Expedition Unknown‘s Josh Gates, painstakingly worked on the portrait bust in order to ensure its accuracy. However, the final product has left many people dumbfounded with one very peculiar choice; the colour Nefertiti’s skin.
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Queen Nefertiti was once the queen Egypt, and mother to the legendary King Tut. She would have had a noticeably dark skin tone similar to residents the African empire. In the reconstruction, Nefertiti appears to be slightly sun-kissed, and is rendered with an uncharacteristically rosy pout.
The general consensus when describing the physical appearance an Egyptian queen would be that she would have had brown skin that did not look like a tan acquired on a vacation in the tropics. The most well-known artistic representation Queen Nefertiti is a portrait bust from 1345 BC, which was created by a sculptor by the name Thutmose. This most famous version the monarch, which is now housed in Germany’s Neues Museum, is rendered in a darker shade brown, while her lips are coloured a deep cranberry.
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After the bust’s grand reveal, people took to Twitter to express their outrage or utter confusion at what they had just seen.