Face Reading Nefertiti: The Bust and its Secrets (Subscriber Content)

Some three thousand three hundred and ninety years ago, there lived a woman who was the queen of Egypt. She was the Great Royal Wife of her husband, the Pharaoh, Akhtenaten. Her name was Nefertiti, meaning “The Beautiful Woman has Come.” One her daughters married the famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun, her step son.

Little is really known about who she was as a person, a lot is open to speculation and debate, however, what we do know is that this iconic bust of this queen, is one of the most famous portraits from the ancient world.

We’re going to read the face of this bust today. And perhaps know a little more of this enigmatic queen through the magic of Five Element face reading. But there are a few caveats we need to get through first….

Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer,


Background, Background, Background

This bust was discovered by German archaeologists in 1912 in the workshop of the sculptor Thutmose in Amarna – a contemporary artist to Nefertiti. There is no inscription to indicate that this is Nefertiti, but it has been identified due to the crown which she had been seen wearing in other depictions identified as Neferiti. This bust was also found in the company of other unfinished Nefertiti statues, so we must assume there was a common likeness.

From an art perspective, this bust is very interesting. Because I don’t think this what the queen looked like

Based on my research Egyptian art was not meant to be accurate or photo realistic but intended to portray qualities of the inner soul, or standardised qualities that kings, rulers and gods are meant to have.

For example, you may be shocked to know that this figure on the right is an Egyptian depiction of Alexander the Great:


Who apparently looked like this, by a sculptor who was reported to be very faithful to Alexander’s appearance:


You can clearly see the difference on art styles. Despite the Egyptian Alexander being from a much later period, one thousand years later, the similarities in the Egyptian art style are very close. Realism is not the aim.

So, what am I going to do about this for a Chinese face reading?

In order for this reading to work, I’m going to give it as if the bust is how Nefertiti wanted to appear, how her artists or how the people expected her to act or wanted in a Pharaoh.

Anyway, now that disclaimer is out of the way, lets move onward.

The Secrets of The Bust

Just as when we find facial features sexually attractive on another, it subconsciously expresses a desire for the features we’d like our children to have, the same could be said when we create art of human faces. But the subconscious desire, this time, revolves around a desire for certain characteristics and qualities.

The more I’ve continued in my life as a Chinese face reader, the more I’ve found the five elements embedded into the subconscious. A desire to grow your hair long, in CFR, indicates you’d like to be more in touch with your intuition and creativity. Attraction to those with long hair, means you are attracted to intuition and creativity.

Since we are operating from the belief that ancient Egyptian art is not realistic, what I see in the Nefertiti statue is the ancient Egyptian subconscious desire to have a ruler who has strong beliefs, high standards, an independent and wilful nature, while still being considerate and generous towards others when they solve problems. And a small friendship group.

Let’s start how I normally would, with the feature of the face that calls to me the most.

Nefertiti has high and prominent cheekbones and upper cheeks, that create this slightly hollow/shadowed appearance. The cheekbones also have this fused appearance with the ears. Prominent upper cheeks show a natural ability to be authoritative, like a king, to communicate what is needed and clearly tell others what to do. This combined with the “fused” cheekbones (cheekbones that look as if they are connected to the ear) means that there is a desire for this monarch to do this ruthlessly – or at least the ability to be ruthless on occasion, as there is some softness in the face that counteracts this.

Jaws in CFR are called the roots of the tree. Strong roots equals strong beliefs, so strong that it will be difficult to push that person over. Most people often feel subconsciously protected by those who have strong jaws, because their ethics are strong and immovable.

So if we consider this in combination with the high cheekbones and prominent upper cheeks, we have someone we cannot mess around with. They say “jump!” and we say “where?”

And then we have more wilfulness in the ears. Ears that stick out away from the head indicate someone who will go against the grain, be independent and unconventional. The ancient Egyptians wanted a ruler who would think for themselves.

This sentiment is echoed again in the width of the mouth. In CFR, the width of the mouth indicates how much energy someone has for their friendship group. We can tell if the mouth is broad or narrow by lining up the end of the mouth with the pupils. If the mouth falls inside this line it is narrow, if it falls on the line it is average, and if it falls outside the line it is broad. People with broad mouths have the energy for numerous friendships, triple than those with narrow mouths.

The bust has a narrow mouth, indicating someone who had a small friendship group, but the lips are full, the top and bottom lip even in shape. When this happens, this indicates a person who naturally understands the language of relationships. Full lips are an indicator of a generous nature. This communicates a desire for the queen to keep a small and close circle of advisors and friends, but still be open, warm and generous to her people.

We come to the last warm and soft feature on Nefertiti’s face – her rounded eyebrows.

In Chinese Face reading, the shape of the eyebrows correlate to how we make our decisions. People who have rounded eyebrows like to defer and get the opinions of others, or at least consider how this decision will impact others. Typically these eyebrows display a people pleasing quality, but here on the bust, the strong jaw and basically everything else on the face negates that.

The strength of eyebrows indicate confidence, strong eyebrows, good confidence.

So I see a desire to have a Pharaoh who would be open to counsel while keeping her own, and who wouldn’t be selfish or shortsighted when making a decision that would impact her subjects.

In summary, we have someone who is very difficult to influence – in other words, someone who would look out for the interests of Egypt, would be able to be ruthless with those who wronged her but still able to be on good terms, and be naturally talented at cultivating a good relationship with their people. Cold but also warm.

It should also be noted that these strong characteristics are not what are historically desired from women. I’m not going to jump in and suggest that the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt was some feminist paradise, but there is a theory floating around in archaeology that several years before her husband’s death, Nefertiti was elevated from wife to co-regent. Many archaeological sites have depicted in art Nefertiti smiting Egypt’s enemies, and worshiping the sun disk Aten – depictions that were only reserved for ruling Pharaohs, not their wives.

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Nefertiti worshiping the Aten

Regardless of whether this reading is accurate to Nefertiti’s character or the subconscious desires of what the ancient Egyptians wanted in a ruler, we still got some pretty cool and fun face reading practice out it. Applying Chinese face reading to history is one of my favourite things.

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