Queen Nefertiti or bust

Queen Nefertiti or bust

Queen Nefertiti
still commands
our attention all the way
back from 1370 -1330 BC,
painted stucco layers
over a limestone core,
attributed to the workshop
of sculptor Thutmose,
standing 19 inches tall
and scaling a slim 44 pounds,
her royal trapezoidal,
creamy copper, custard
and crimson-colored crown
with decapitated cobra
perched atop a bust of
flushed facade sporting
silky skin from forehead south
to sensual chin and serpentine neck,
broad collar bones bejeweled
by confetti floral facsimiles,
inset quartz iris only intact
on the left eye, ears nibbled by the
seductress of time,
famed regal Egyptian queendom
runner up to Cleopatra,
crazed artists and historians alike
copy her cosmetic complexion
to mask their own mortality
and make conjectures as to the
cause of her casualty.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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9 Responses to Queen Nefertiti or bust

  1. love to read history incorporated into poetry! gotta dig sumpin up! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you! I’m glad this inspired you to write your own eloquent piece of history and appreciate the shout out. I really enjoyed reading your post on Henry the 8th. Please keep rolling out these didactic gems of non-fiction!
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  2. elegantly descriptive

  3. Gallivanta says:

    It really is amazing how she still commands our attention.

  4. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the traveling King Tut Exhibit when it passed through the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. As an art history nut, this was my blissful afterlife, seeing Egyptian artistry at its height. Of course, I wrote several Egyptian-inspired poems paired with my countless photos, images blurred by shaky excitement. Here is one I did on the infamous Queen Nefertiti bust. Enjoy!

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