Soooo. I designed my first Nefertiti set in the likeness as the famous statue and got a lot of people angry.... Then I re-designed her with more melanin... After that I heard more crickets than complaints.
How do you spot a fake? This figure of a cat was donated to the Australian Museum in 1913 by Ernest Wunderlich, Museum trustee and Egyptian enthusiast. However, not everything was as it seemed. While initially believed to be a genuine Egyptian artefact, its authenticity was questioned by Australian Museum experts as early as 1914. Then, in 2001 signs of corrosion gave the game away. Further investigation by AM Conservators determined that the figure was in fact an elaborate fake - a rolled steel can, coated with tin or zinc and disguised with a layer of plaster. Since rolled steel was unknown to the ancient Egyptians, the artefact was X-rayed for more clues as to its method of manufacture. These X-rays showed that the cat’s two front legs were made from steel rods and the head from solid plaster. A surface finish had been applied to give the statue an authentic ‘corroded bronze’ look. While not an ancient artefact (likely made in the early 20th century) the cat is interesting evidence of market demand for Egyptian antiquities at the time. #australianmuseum#history#ancientegypt#catsofinstagram#heritage#sydney#ilovehistory#museum#museumofnaturalhistory#ancient