Nefertiti Does Berlin

  • In excavations at Tell al-Amarna in Egypt, the Nefertiti Bust was unearthed, intact, after a burial of 32 centuries. The team,
    Bust of queen Nefertiti in the Neues Museum, B...

    Bust of queen Nefertiti in the Neues Museum, Berlin Español: Busto de la reina Nefertiti en el Neues Museum, Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    led by a team led by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt, discovered the limestone statue of the head and shoulders of the wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten (who reigned 1353 BC to 1336 BC), while sifting through the workshop o the sculptor Thutmose. Borchardt concluded that the statue had once set upon a wooden shelf, next to a similar bust of Akhenaten, until termite damage caused both objects to topple; and while the pharaoh’s statue was shattered, Nefertiti’s bust survived because it had happened to land, upside down, on its flat top.

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Nefertiti (ca. 1370 BC – ca. 1330 BC) was the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc.  Her bust still sits in Berlin.

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