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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

QUEEN NEFERTITI




Another prompt for Magpie Tales by Tess.    MAG230



Nefertiti's Bust - Neues Museum of Berlin 
Prompt by Tess Kincade,  Magpie Tales



Nefertiti - Queen of Egypt

Oh Nefertiti, most exalted Queen of Egypt;
Lady of mystery and Mistress of drama.
Thou favoured wife of Pharaoh Arkhenaten.
Thy name, "The one of beauty has arrived",
Doth herald fame to shout it aloud from time's recorded annals. 

Thy history abounds, untarnished like tell-tale embers,
glowing still from that most charismatic Dynasty. 
A time when Egypt bloomed with untold riches,
A time of power and might unequaled through the ages
A time thine heavy crown was held aloft with pride. 
Where art thou now?  Perhaps not quite immortal.

Thou ascended from the void to become a glowing star;
the other binary, to rule with power beside thine Pharaoh.
Such beauty was not seen before, nor yet repeated.
Three and thirty centuries have not eclipsed thy glory.
Thy distant Earthly dwelling remains a sharp, 
well focused reminiscence to haunt our hearts.

Those twelve years thou dreamed up Monotheism
with that most renegade of kings, Arkenaten.
Six daughter suns were born to thee oh mighty queen.
Yet we see thee fall from heaven like a shooting star. 
For no son is born to thee, and no male successor comes.
Instead we see the boy Tutankhamen rise to glory . . . 

. . . . . not from thy womb,  oh queen, but by a lesser wife, Kira, and sired by Arkhenaten, and thou art lost for ever . . .

. . . . . to meet the real and mighty Monotheistic God.



Looks as though someone has 'nibbled' her ear  . . .  hehe!


(I found some interesting facts about Tutankhamen's life which includes mention of his father Arkhenaten and Nefertiti, plus their unpopular changes to religion - also A and N were cousins and Tutankhamen, by Kira, married one of his six half sisters.  Lots of inbreeding around that time.)  




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48 comments:

  1. You've obviously done your research. Nefertiti vanished from history for unknown reasons and portraits of her are extremely rare. In fact, this bust is now being questioned by many, and major experts no longer believe this statue to be authentic. But in my heart I hope they're wrong because I've always loved it.

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    1. Thanks Stephen . . . . we shall never know for sure . . . fascinating history and she must have been a charismatic figure . . . :)

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  2. what a scholar you are!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

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    1. I knew nothing about here until Monday and now I feel I know here a little. Fascinating lady, living on in our minds 3300 years later ~ Eddie :)

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  3. Very regalish wording there Eddie. And yes, you've definitely got the facts on our queenie. :o)

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    1. Thanks Mary . . . . yes queenie is compulsive reading.
      Liked your interpretation of the prompt very much . . . :)

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  4. fascinating insight be stephen as well...fascinating to think about...
    and in the end, she will meet that god as we all will when our time comes....

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    1. Thanks Brian
      and yes in a word, fascinating.. . . :)

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  5. some history will always be mysterious.........

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    1. Hi Kathe . . . mysterious . . . very true and that is why a study like Nefertity is so fascinating . . . :)

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  6. You created quite a bit of magic here with your interpretation, I like it!

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    1. Thanks V
      . . . and I take that as a great compliment . . . :)

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  7. Geez Eddie , its like you are there....fone but not forfotten, not even gone

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    1. Thank you . . . she somehow felt a bit real to me . . . a fascinating study . . . :)

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    2. He was there, Ned... I can vouch for it!

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    3. Thank you Stafford . . . . lol

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  8. Hi Eddie - congratulations you've encompassed so much history into this amazing poem - what great information .. loved reading about Queen Nefertity ... and to see how King Tut came about .. fascinating read .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary - loved doing the research . . . . cheers Eddie :)

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  9. I guess they were ancestors to the rednecks
    Giving their relatives more than cheek pecks lol

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    1. Pat, I think you might just be right
      From nothing to such power and might !!!
      Although a cousin to her Pharaoh
      She married and looked like a scarecrow.
      In that day in life to succeed
      One had to incest and inbreed
      Not like today with lots of stutters
      But then was normal for that bunch of nutters!

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  10. When I was young, a long time ago, I wanted to become an archaeologist and go around the country digging up the past. My father told me "Bert, there's no future in archaeology. Become a lawyer like me and amass a great fortune, then you can go around the country digging up the fields". I never did know why he always called me Bert.

    Some day soon I hope we shall go to Egypt and gaze upon the wonders of what was a great country.

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    1. How interesting Anthony. Yes I would imagine a lawyer career would be much more lucrative than becoming an archaeologist, or an ambulanceman for that matter. But it is interesting that archaeology was your first love. Strange he called you Bert. So now you have amassed a fortune do you go round the country digging up the fields?

      Yes it would be great to see some of Egyptology - might be tempted to do it myself next year.

      Thanks for the comment, Bert, always pleased to see you . . . . :)

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    2. Bert - "there's no future in archaeology". I shouldn't think there is, I cant imagine you digging up the future Tony! You wouldn't find much.

      Eddie, loved your post on Nefertiti. I went to Egypt when I was in the army in 1956, but I was to busy shooting at the natives to visit places of interest, or even call to see her.

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    3. Sorry, "too busy shooting..."

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    4. Well she wasn't there unfortunately - she is locked away in Berlin . . . :)

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  11. History speaks, Eddie. You've given it a voice.

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  12. My praises have to go to the sculptor who fashioned that head. In your photo it's far more beautiful than the straight-on shot. Look at the curve of that cheekbone!

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    1. Imagine the age of that sculpture.
      She must have been utterly amazingly beautiful . . . . :)

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  13. You certainly did your research, Eddie!
    Almost brought her to life for me...
    Hope you had a great day....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Hi Linda - thanks and I do actually like this lady a lot.
      If you return . . . . there are some funny quotations on my previous post you might like . . Cheers ~ Eddie :)

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    2. Hi Eddie....
      I did read those...laughed so hard I couldn't type!
      How is your hearing aid? WHAT? PARDON ME ? Hahaha!
      How was your day?

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    3. Good, Glad you liked them.
      My hearing aid is very useful for the following reasons:
      1, To hear things.
      2. To pretend to hear things when I don't want to and have either switched it off or taken the battery out
      3. I am sure I can think of something else but not tonight

      lol

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    4. No hearing aid....right??

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  14. Ah you are so right we learn only a small fraction of what her life was like! My question still today and back from school days is what ever happened to her?!

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    1. Thanks Karen . . . I think it was because she did not bear a son and heir (although they had six daughters) and her husband's second wife Kira did bear him a heir, the great Tutankhamen. So Nefertitti fell from grace . . . . . :)

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  15. Nicely done, Eddie. History holds so many secrets.

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    1. Thanks Hilary - enjoyed this one a lot . . . :)

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  16. Oh, I love the style and feel respect you show for her in the poem. Fascinating research!

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    1. Thank you . . . for a writer of such talent I take this a s a huge compliment . . . :)

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  17. Well done Eddie. Enjoyed reading your take on this one and loved the extra history lesson too! Thanks for sharing that.

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    1. Thank you Mary - always love yo see you here . . . on way way to you . . . :)

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  18. Do you know what that emblem on her crash helmet is supposed to be? I know what I think it represents, but then I've got a warped mind!

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    1. In a word "no" - I would have to try to look it up on the web. I would guess it might be a symbol of authority of some kind.

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    2. So what do you think it represents Keith - other than a pair of scissors . . . lol

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  19. For at least two reasons, I like your take on the prompt: (1) information in the piece; and (2) the creative way you wove the information in the poem. Needless to say, your poem is a good one. :-)

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    1. Thank you for this very encouraging comment . . . . :)

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