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2011-01-25 08:40:00

Despite a request from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), officials at a German historical group are refusing to return a 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti to her homeland. The bust was discovered on the banks of the Nile River in 1912 by a German archaeologist by the name of Ludwig Borchardt. It arrived in Germany the following year, and has remained in the European nation ever since, attracting more than a million visitors each year to the Neues Museum in Berlin. SCA head...

2005-08-12 14:33:25

BERLIN (Reuters) - A famous bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti, regarded by many as a Mona Lisa of the ancient world, has returned to Berlin's Museum Island, 66 years after being evacuated at the outbreak of World War Two. Ever since its first public exhibition in 1923, the precision of the 3,300-year-old sculpture's symmetrical lines and its finely wrought features have drawn thousands of admirers from around the globe. On show for most of the past 40 years at the Egyptian Museum in...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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