With some 400 objects on display, including never-before seen artefacts from the museum’s collections, as well as loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, and the British Museum, In the Light of Amarna sets out to provide a deeper archaeological understanding of the revolutionary period in which the ancient Egyptian queen lived.
Artistic styles also underwent dramatic changes, with depictions of the royal family becoming both much more stylised, and much more personal than ever before. But these cultural innovations did not survive Akhenaten’s death, and within 15 years of its foundation, Amarna had been abandoned.
In the Light of Amarna tells this story, exploring both the radical steps in art and theology that Nefertiti and Akhenaten oversaw, but also revealing what everyday life was like for the city’s inhabitants, with displays of jewellery, ceramics, architectural fragments and statues. The discovery of the bust is placed in the wider context of Borchardt’s excavations, providing a wider perspective on the research that brought Nefertiti’s world to light once more.
In the Light of Amarna runs at the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, part pf the Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island, from 7 December 2012- 13 April 2013