Repatriating the Bust of Nefertiti: A Critical Perspective on Cultural Ownership


Repatriating the Bust of Nefertiti: A Critical Perspective on Cultural Ownership

Lauren Bearden (Kennesaw State University)

The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 2 (2012)

Abstract

Who owns antiquities? This question has plagued the global community in recent times and has opened dialogues between former colonial Western countries and their past colonized nations whose property is exhibited. This essay examines the conflicting perspectives of ownership in the repatriation of the Bust of Nefertiti between Berlin, Germany and Egypt. By analyzing the effects of European occupation in Egypt and the Western dominance in foreign cultures during the Age of Imperialism, a moral argument arises questioning the legality of the Bust

About History of the Ancient World

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