“Thousands of Berliners had waited in line to see the Neues Museum reopen to the public but Egyptians had waited almost a century for her return.”
– Historian Sarah E. Bond
, on the century-plus saga of cultural plunder that began with the excavation and depatriation of the Nefertiti bust
in 1912. In an article that starts
as a chronicle of cultural colonialism, Bond uses Nora Al-Badri
and Jan Nikolai Nelle
’s 2015 3D-scan of the bust to raise broader questions of heritage and sovereignty.