November 13, 2019
In Berlin, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection has a high quality, full-color 3D scan of the most celebrated and recognizable portrait sculpture ever produced, the three-thousand-year-old Bust of Nefertiti. This scan is off limits to the public.
Rather, it was off-limits, until I was able to obtain it after a three-year-long freedom of information effort directed at the organization that oversees the Egyptian museum.
This story explains how I got the data: https://reason.com/2019/11/13/a-german-museum-tried-to-hide-this-stunning-3d-scan-of-an-iconic-egyptian-artifact-today-you-can-see-it-for-the-first-time/
You can download the museum’s 3D scan here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3974391
My complete correspondence with the museum is collected here:
20191029 Cosmo Wenman Nefertiti 3D Scan FOIA Effort
(I’ll update this document with additional correspondence as it occurs.)
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