Skip to comments.Berlin marks 100 years of discovering Nefertiti
Posted on 09/03/2012 7:30:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Berlin's Egyptian Museum has said that it will celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the 3,400-year-old fabled bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti amid an ongoing feud with Cairo over its ownership.
The museum said it would open an exhibition on Dec. 6 honoring the famous sculpture and other jewels of the Amarna period in its collection on the German capital's Museum Island.
On the same day in 1912, the bust was unearthed by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt.
"The exhibition focuses on never-before-seen discoveries from the collections of the Berlin museum, supplemented by loans from other museums abroad," it said, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris and London's British Museum.
Nefertiti, renowned as one of history's great beauties, was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton, remembered for having converted his kingdom to monotheism with the worship of one sun god, Aton. The bust is at the top of a "wish list" of five major artifacts exhibited abroad that Egypt wants returned as part of its cultural heritage. Germany says the sculpture was bought legally by the Prussian state, and that there are documents to prove it. Amarna refers to the ruins of an ancient city founded by Akhenaton, where Borchardt and his team excavated up to 7,000 archaeological objects, about 5,500 of which made their way to Berlin, according to the museum.
The Berlin exhibition, entitled "In the Light of Amarna," will run until April 13, 2013 and feature about 600 of these objects including Akhenaton and Nefertiti's restored thrones with carved floral garlands.
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Will Morsi demand repatriation for the purpose of pulverization?
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Zahi Hawass was bitching about this a few years ago, but of course, the new regime has kicked his ass out of that job. :’)
I’d fully support Egypt recovering the Nefertiti bust and all of it’s antiquities if the Islamists in charge could be trusted to keep and display them safely and not blow them up or crush them in the name of Islam or iconoclasm.
So, Deutschland might just trade them an Israel busting submarine for the loot.
A German company sold Egypt the high-powered water pumps (designed for high-res firefighting) that the Egyptian army used in its destruction of Israel’s Bar-Lev line in 1973.
Screw ‘em, imho.
Most Pre-Islamic Relics Destroyed, Taliban Says - Los Angeles Times (March 4, 2001)
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