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Just Who is this Chick Nefertiti?

Her image is literally everywhere.  It can even be found on stamps and paper money in the Arabworld.  One would have to believe, from all this exposure, this fame, that she was the quintessential Ancient Egyptian queen.  The epitome of the Ancient Egyptian lady of antiquity.  Small problem though, she doesn't lookEgyptian!  She doesn't even look like the other portraits we have of her - the ones we rarely see.  In fact she looks like a whitewoman!  Strange?  Well, so is the story behind this famous bust:
   A German excavator by the name of Ludwig Borchardt 'discovered' the painted limestone bust in 1912. (The same year Charles Dawson 'discovered' the fake - British missing link - the Piltdown man. This hoax lasted 40 years.)  The circumstances of its export to the Berlin museum were the source of controversy at the time. (Some suggested that Borchardt did a little of the painting himself.)  It did not go on exhibit until 1924!
   One is immediately r…