Exhibition Highlights

Nefertiti - Power and Beauty

Nefertiti, whose name means "The beautiful one is come," was Akhenaten's principal wife. She played a major role in his new religious practices and in affairs of state, she may even have been a pharaoh herself - a power behind the throne as well as a legendary beauty. This graceful, almost-finished portrait is the work of a master sculptor. Black lines on the ears, forehead, and neck are guides for further carving. The projection at the top would have supported the queen's tall, blue crown.

 

Youthful Nefertiti

Amarna, house P.47.2
Reign of Akhenaten, 1353 - 1336 B.C.
Quartzite; h. 30 cm, w. 14.8 cm, d. 18 cm
Agyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin