Artists Have Secretly 3D-Scanned Nefertiti's Bust For Anyone to Print

Artists Have Secretly 3D-Scanned Nefertiti's Bust For Anyone to Print

If you’ve ever fancied having Nefertiti’s likeness on your shelf at home, it’s now eminently achievable. A pair of artists have covertly 3D-scanned the famous bust in its museum setting, making the data publicly available—and they even plan to exhibit a printed version back in Egypt.

While archaeologists still search for Nefertiti’s tomb, her bust—discovered in an ancient Egyptian workshop in 1912—is known the world over. But the sculpture itself resides in the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany, where it’s strictly guarded. Even 3D scans of the piece remain under their control.

Artists Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles, however, beleive in making “cultural objects publicly accessible.” So they set off to the Neues Museum with Microsoft Kinects…

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