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Seller: ancientgifts (4,549) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122656671371 “In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery” by Friederike Seyfried (Editor). NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with printed boards (no dustjacket, as published). Publisher: Michael Imhof Verlag (2013). Pages: 496. Size: 10¾ x 9¼ x 1¼ inches; 5½ pounds. Summary: To mark the anniversary of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti on 6 December 1912, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection presented an extensive special exhibition on the Amarna period at the Neues Museum on Berlin's Museum Island, and produced an accompanying catalogue of the same title. The exhibition focuses on never-before-seen discoveries from the collections of the Berlin museums, supplemented by loans from other museums abroad, allowing Nefertiti's time to be understood within its cultural-historical context. All aspects of this fascinating period are illuminated and explained in detail. Not only are the often-discussed topics of the period's theology and art covered, but also everyday life in the city. The name 'Amarna' refers to the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaton, which today is known as Tell el-Amarna. This city was founded by Pharaoh Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV) in order to establish a new capital with places of worship for his own 'religion of light', whose sole deity was the god Aton. The city was built within three years and was populated in the year 1343 BC. At the beginning of the 20th century, extremely successful excavations took place there under the direction of Ludwig Borchardt, and the finds were shared between Cairo and Berlin. The exhibition places the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti within the context of Borchardt's excavations in 1912 and 1913, thus providing a deeper archaeological understanding of the excavations and the city of Akhetaton. Visitors can experience the Amarna period as a social, cultural-historical and religious phenomenon. The exhibition illuminates the context of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti in the sculpture workshop of the ancient Egyptian artisan Thutmose, along with numerous related objects, including even the pigments and tools used by the sculptors. Along with the exhibition's main focus on archaeology, it also critically examines the history of the depiction of the bust of Nefertiti both as an archaeological object and as a widely marketed ideal of beauty. During the excavations in Amarna, between 7000 and 10,000 objects were discovered, 5000 of which are now located in Berlin. Most of them have not been restored or studied, even to this day. So far, those that have been exhibited have been a few key objects, such as the famous model heads made of stucco, as well as some sculptures. By contrast, this anniversary exhibition will offer a comprehensive overview of life during this fascinating period using objects from the collections of the Berlin museums. For example, ceramics, jewelry, inlays, fragments of statues and architectural elements will be painstakingly restored, and in some cases expanded upon using additions and models, offering visitors a deeper and more vivid understanding of the city, its buildings and its residents. The exhibition comprises approximately 400 objects, including 50 loans from museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and the British Museum. CONDITION: NEW. HUGE New hardcover (in printed board, no dustjacket, as published). Michael Imhof Verlag (2013) 496 pages. Still in manufacturer's wraps - never even opened! Unblemished except for faint edge and corner storage shelfwear to covers. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. 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REVIEW: An accompaniment to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin’s special exhibition celebrating the discovery of the Nefertiti bust in 1912, this catalog presents never-before-seen artifacts and objects from the Amarna period of Egyptian history. The book also explores religion, craftsmanship, daily life, and sculpture in Amarna and the world famous Nefertiti bust. REVIEW: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1912 discovery of Nefertiti's bust, a special exhibition about the time of Amarna in the Neue Museum at the Museumsinsel Berlin. Exhibition and catalogue focus on the artifacts in the Berlin Museum which have never been shown before and describe the age of Amarna in its culture-historical context. All facets of this era are explained. Theology, art and everyday life are the main focus. REVIEW: Friederike Seyfried is an Egyptologist and the director of the Egyptian Museum of Berlin. TABLE OF CONTENTS: I. Introduction: "In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery" - An Introduction to the Exhibition by Friederike Seyfried. Before and After Amarna: The Beginnings and Consequences of the Cult of the Aten by Christina Hanus. II. History And Archaeology Of A City: An Outline of the Research and Excavation History of Tell el-Amarna before 1914 by Friederike Seyfried. Tell el-Amarna from 1914 to Today by Barry Kemp. III. Living In Amarna: Amarna: The City and Surrounding Area by Christian Tietze. Amarna: Palaces, Houses and Outlying Settlements by Kate Spence. IV. Religion In Amarna: A New State Theology: The Religion of Light by Jan Assmann. Akhet-Aten or the Horizon of the Aten: An Innovation in Sacred Architecture by Robert Vergnieux. Private Religion in the Amarna Suburbs by Anna Stevens. V. Craftsmanship In Amarna: Egyptian Faience and Quartz Ceramics: Manufacture and Use Up Until the End of Amarna by Bircit Schlick. Class: From the Beginning to the End of the Amarna Period by Bircit Schlick-Nolte. Metal objects in the Berlin Amarna Collection by Iris Hertel. Craftsmanship at Amarna: Production, Repertoire and Distribution by Pamela Rose. Cobalt Blue Pottery Painting of the Amarna Period by Nina Loschwitz. Leatherwork at Amarna by Salima Ikram. VI. Masterpieces From Amarna - The Sculpture: From Karnak to Amarna: An Artistic Breakthrough and its Consequences by Dorothea Arnold. Statues: Repertoire and Purpose by Marsha Hill. New Forms of Composition - Composite Statues by Kristin Thompson. The Workshop Complex of Thutmosis by Friederike Seyfried. VII. Nefertiti: Nefertiti: What Remains but beauty? by Friederike Seyfried. Nefertiti's Last Documented Reference [for now] by Athena Van Der Perre. CATALOGUE. VIII. Nefertiti in the 20th Century. 100 Years of the Discovery of Nefertiti by Mariana Jung, Ludwig Borchardt, James Simon. Dealings With the Colorful Nefertiti Bust in the First Year After Her Discovery by Olaf Matthes. The Excavation Campaigns in Tell el-Amarna by Klaus Finneiser. Nefertiti in Focus: The first Photographs of the Nefertiti Bust by Lars Petersen. Futurists, Bow your Heads! Amarna fever in Berlin, 1913-14 by Benedicte Savoy. The 1925 Demand of the Return of the Nefertiti Bust, a German Perspective by Susanne Voss. Amarna in Literature by Sylvia Peuckert. The Thirties - Trouble with Nefertiti by Hannelore Kischkewitz. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Berlin’s Egyptian Museum celebrated 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. An exhibition and catalogue honoring the famous sculpture and other jewels of the Amarna period in its collection on the German capital’s Museum Island were both presented in 2012. “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. REVIEW: One hundred years ago yesterday, 6 December 1912, this limestone bust of Nefertiti was unearthed by a German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt. The team were excavating in Armana, and came upon the ancient sculptor Thutmose’s workshop in the ancient capital. Frequently described as the most famous face from antiquity, this bust of Nefertiti is perhaps rivaled only by Tutankhamun’s death mask. Although there are no identifying inscriptions on the bust, the characteristic crown is one that is worn by Nefertiti in other identifiable representations of her. As iconic as this representation of an ancient Egyptian woman has come to be, for feminine beauty and culture in Berlin, it has not been without controversy. The lack of any specific identification and that the bust did not appear in public until 1924 (an 11 year period from the date of its discovery for which there no records of the bust) has lead some to suggest that the bust is a modern forgery. But few specialists and Egyptologists working with the bust give much credence to these views. More recent research using CT Scans shows that the sculpture has a limestone core rendered by a gypsum stucco layer. The scan revealed that the inner face was carved showing bags under the eyes, creases around the mouth and cheeks and a swelling on the nose. The painted stucco layer eradicates these natural signs of ageing producing a more perfect image. Despite repeated requests for the repatriation of the bust since its 1924 public unveiling in Berlin, Nefertiti’s bust is still on display in the German capital. Thutmose’s bust of Nefertiti is part of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, which along other prehistoric and classical collections, is housed in the newly restored Neues Museum. REVIEW: On the occasion of the centenary of the discovery of Nefertiti’s bust portrait by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt, the Neus Museum organizes an exhibition dedicated to the stepmother of famous Tuthankhamun, held from 7 December 2012 to 13 April 2013, titled “In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery”. It was in December 1912 when Ludwig Borchardt during excavations in former Amarna, now Tel El-Amarna, discovered the bust portrait of Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s wife. This 3,400 years old royal portrait was discovered in sculptor’s atelier. Nefertiti spent her life next to the most controversial Pharaoh in the Egyptian history. After coming to power, in the fifth year of his reign, Amenhotep IV becomes Akhenaten — incarnation of the only god Aten. He in fact abandoned traditional Egyptian polytheism, introducing the worship of Aten, and moved the capital from Thebes to Amarna: place of cult of the “religion of the light”. The exhibition “In Light of Amarna” wishes to present the era of Nefertiti in its cultural and historic context. In fact all aspects of life are here displayed, including some new technologies introduced by Akhenaten. Through the objects on display the visitors are confronted with the “social, cultural and religious phenomenon”. The discovery of the bust is honored, as well as the excavations undertook almost 100 years ago. The portrait of Nefertiti is not only an archaeological discovery but also a symbol of ideal beauty renowned throughout the world. Moreover it reflects the artistic changes of the period, another novelty introduced by Akhenaten characterized by elongation and narrowing of the neck, sloping of the forehead and nose, prominent chin, large ears and lips. During the excavations in Amarna, 7,000 up to 10,000 objects have been discovered and 5,000 of them are currently in Germany. Only a part is being exhibited but all were meticulously renovated. This event dedicated to Nefertiti consists of 400 objects including 50 loans from international museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre or the British Museum. REVIEW: ON December 6th 1912 Ludwig Borchardt, a German archaeologist, and his excavation team uncovered a spectacular bust of Queen Nefertiti. They were digging in the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaton (now Tell el-Amarna), founded by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, later known as Akhenaten. “You cannot describe it with words. You must see it,” wrote Borchardt in his diary. This winter the Neues Museum in Berlin, home to the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery with a major exhibition of artefacts from the Amarna period (between 1353 BC and 1336 BC). Borchardt's team of 200 workers spent five years excavating the city, and collected between 7,000 and 10,000 artefacts. According to international archaeological rules of the time, these finds were divided equally between the archaeologists and the country of origin—in this case the German Oriental Company (Borchardt’s employer) and the French Service des Antiquités, which represented the interests of the Egyptians until 1952. The painted plaster and limestone bust of Queen Nefertiti, whose name translates into “the beautiful one has come”, was sent to Berlin alongside 5,000 other objects. It was donated to the Egyptian Museum in Berlin by James Simon, patron of the arts and sponsor of the excavations, and displayed to the public in 1923. Since then it has become commonly known as Berlin’s “most beautiful Egyptian ambassador”, attracting a million visitors each year. In 2007 Zahi Hawass, the former secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, unsuccessfully campaigned for the bust to be repatriated. But neither the current director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo nor the Egyptian government have made such demands. The German media have recently rekindled rumours that Borchardt tricked the Service des Antiquités about the true value of the bust in order to keep it. But Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, declared recently that his foundation is “without any doubts the legitimate owner of the Nefertiti bust” and that it will stay put “because she is so fragile”. Now at Neues Museum in Berlin some 400 objects from the Amarna period are being displayed together for the first time, including Borchardt’s trove and loans from the British Museum, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris. The show features various busts of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, blue-painted ceramics, glass jewellery, Egyptian faience, and artefacts in metal and leather, all alongside books, photographs, newspaper clippings and videos that place everything in context. Plenty of ink is spilled over the significance of Atenism, a religion established under Akhenaten, which defined Aten (the sun) as the supreme deity, and marked an important shift from polytheism to monotheism. The bust of Nefertiti is the inevitable centrepiece of the show, not only for its beauty but also because it is so contentious. A full section of the show details the history of the excavation and the diplomatic issues that have troubled the discovery ever since. After the first world war Germany lost its excavation licence for Egypt. The Service des Antiquités swiftly issued several restitution requests, which nearly led to an exchange of the bust for two remarkable objects from the Cairo Museum in 1930. But the information was leaked to the Berlin press, which prompted a storm of protest. And so the bust has remained. Germany has since regained excavation licences for Egypt, but not for the Amarna site. Last year, however, German scientists started working on a British excavation project there led by Barry Kemp, whose progress is explored in the exhibition. This show seems to be an opportunity to smooth ruffled feathers. At the opening of the exhibition on December 6th, Mohamed Higazy, Egypt’s ambassador to Berlin, declared that he was happy to see the bust in Berlin. He avoided the controversy and instead praised the long-lasting archaeological relationship between Egypt and Germany. Nefertiti, he said, was an important ambassador, not only for Ancient Egypt but also as a symbol for timeless beauty and grace. “Nefertiti belongs to all of us," added Mr Parzinger. "She is part of the world’s cultural heritage.” REVIEW: The most beautiful woman in Berlin is celebrating her centenary: the famous bust of Nefertiti was discovered on 6 December 1912 during excavations conducted by the German Oriental Society in Tell Amarna and has been housed on the River Spree since 1913. The Egyptian Museum on the Museum Island will be celebrating the anniversary with a special exhibition, "In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery". Another highlight of the anniversary year will be an exhibit containing an exact replica of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, Nefertiti's son. As part of its large-scale exhibition the Egyptian Museum will be displaying until August 4th, 2013 some 400 objects to illustrate the life and art of the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaten, now Tell el-Amarna. Among the objects on display will be items from world-renowned museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and the British Museum. Statues, jewelry, ceramics and building fragments will be accompanied with models to help create a vivid picture of the city, its people and their homes. REVIEW: On 6 December 2012, exactly 100 years to the day after the discovery of the Nefertiti bust in Tell-el Amarna, the exhibition 'In the Light of Amarna - 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery' was officially opened at the Neues Museum on the Museumsinsel Berlin. The exhibition immediately drew a big interest from Berliners and visitors. But for “In the Light of Amarna” the exhibition is worth the effort to get in. In the basement - where the shop is too – one can find the story behind the excavation efforts in Egypt. Who financed what, who got what out of the excavated treasures and what eventually happened to them. The famous Nefertiti bust originally came in the hands of James Simon, who started funding Ludwig Borchardt's excavations in 1912. Thanks to Simon's patronage and Borchardt's perseverance, the excavations resulted in the discovery of Nefertiti 100 years ago. As a consequence of the division of finds, some 5500 objects from the Amarna period came into the possession of James Simon, who later donated them to the Royal, now National Museums in Berlin (the Staatliche Museen). While the bust was in Simon's possession it was sitting above the fire place in his living room where other artefacts had a home too. There actually is a photo showing this, which – for today's eyes – looks somehow odd. On the second floor just in the rooms situated before the round room which is solely dedicated to Nefertiti's bust, the visitor finds artefacts and descriptions about the time when Nefertiti and her husband Echnaton, the Pharaoh of Egypt, lived. Echnaton founded his own sun cult which had only one God: Aten. For him – and himself – Echnaton build a new city called Akhetaten (the horizon of Aten). Nefertiti was the strong woman on Echnaton's side. Without her he could not have build this new empire. After his death the cult and the city died. REVIEW: One of the most famous museum artifacts in Berlin, is the bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, which ‘lives’ in the Neues Museum (within the Egyptian Museum collection) on Museum Island. She even features in several of MuseumBaby’s children’s picture books about Berlin. No wonder then, that the museum has put on a grand exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her discovery. Obviously Nefertiti herself is the highlight of the exhibition, and get’s her own hall no less, but the rest of the exhibition all about life in Ancient Egypt at her time and the archaeological dig itself that led to her discovery is pretty interesting too. In the introduction, we learn that Amarna was the name of the new capital city established by Pharaoh Akhenaten in Egypt during the late Eighteenth Dynasty (1550 – 1292 BC). Akhenaten also happened to be Nefertiti’s husband, but a timeline and family tree help you to get your head around the royal couple’s family relations. In the section about “Living Worlds” we find out more about Amarna, through a reconstructed city map. Amarna was abandoned after Akhenaten’s death and the most valuable artifacts and furniture were taken. This misleadingly gives the picture of a declining metropolis in the archaeological findings, showing just how important contextual information can be. “Religious Worlds” sheds some more light on the doctrines of the new religion Akhenaten founded, which prompted him to build the city in the first place. And the section on “Craftsmanship” shows off some of the stunning skills and designs in faience (a type of ceramics), leather, metal, jewelry and stonework – “one of the most exceptionally developed crafts in Egypt since the 4th millennium BC”. Moving on then from life in Ancient Egypt, the exhibition takes you through the archaeological excavations at the Amarna site, and the workshop of Thutmose where the painted bust of Nefertiti was discovered on 6th December 1912 by an excavation team of the German Oriental Society. The sole financer and permit holder of the excavation – James Simon – donated all finds allotted to the German team in the official divisions, to the Egyptian Museum in Berlin in 1920. Ludwig Borchardt, the director of the excavation, wrote in his diary: “Life-sized painted bust of the queen, 47cm high. With the blue wig cut straight on top, and garlanded by a ribbon half-way up. Colour look like freshly painted. Really wonderful work. No use describing it, you have to see it.” Prior to donating the excavation finds, Simon made them available as permanent loans, and they were shown in their entirety, save for the famous bust, at the Egyptian Museum in 1913. Just over ten years later, in 1924, a newly constructed exhibition in the museum showed Nefertiti as its centre piece. Little is actually known about the woman behind the name, including her eventual fate, but Nefertiti’s bust has become an icon of beauty across the whole world. The exhibition closes with a look the press coverage Nefertiti has generated – including a campaign against the museum director’s plan to repatriate the bust in exchange for other artifacts in 1930 – and the fascination that Nefertiti holds until today, both in Egypt itself and worldwide. As the exhibition states, the “scientific, literary, artistic and popular discussions have taken every possible form”, from art object to advertising medium, as the subject of literature, theatre, opera and film, and as part of mass produced souvenirs. REVIEW: To mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection are presenting a special exhibition at the Neues Museum. At the same time persists the dispute with Cairo over the work’s ownership. Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island is presenting its most legendary treasure, the archetype of female beauty created 3.400 years ago. This bust of Nefertiti is considered the most famous representation of a female face in the world after Leonardo da Vinci’s La Gioconda. Part of the antiquities brought to light by archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt on 6 December 1912 are also exhibited. Some objects from the Amarna period are presented for the first time, a loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and the British Museum. “There are works of art that belong to the collective conscience. Nefertiti is such a work”, declared the Minister of Culture, Bernd Neumann, during the exhibition’s inauguration that bears the title «In the Light of Amarna». Nefertiti, who lived in the 14th century BC, was married to Pharaoh Akhenaton, famous for having introduced monotheism to his kingdom and also for imposing as exclusive the adoration of the sun’s god Aton. The bust of this queen who played an important political and religious role in her time, is so very fragile and so invaluable that it is placed under a glass cover. It attracts a million visitors per year since exhibited at the Neues Museum, which has opened again to the public in 2009 after being restored by the famous British architect David Chipperfield. The sculpture carved in limestone has been placed at the end of a long hallway while a dim light creates a dramatic impression: her one inset eye of quartz makes you think she’s alive –the other eye is lost- same is true of her fine nose, her high cheekbones, her smile painted red, as well as her blue crown decorated by a red, grey and gold ribbon. Her ears cut at their ends are strangely the only obvious damage on the bust. This sculpture is the most important of the works of art claimed by Egypt on an international level. However Egyptian authorities are less pressing at the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the fall of Hosni Mubarak. The political priorities have changed. The dispute nonetheless goes on behind the scenes according to German officials, although Berlin claims possessing documents, which prove that Nefertiti’s bust had been bought legally at the time from the Prussian state. “Nefertiti legally belongs to the Foundation for the Cultural Heritage of Berlin, there is no doubt whatsoever about it”, declared Neumann, adding that Berlin takes very seriously its responsibility about the bust’s conservation. Friederike Seyfried, Director of Berlin’s Egyptian Museum housed in Neues Museum, noted that the political instability created by the Arab Spring in Egypt has been an impediment to the collaboration with the Egyptian experts towards preparing this exhibition. In Berlin’s exhibition, that will last till April 13th, more than a thousand objects are presented, among them the restored Akhenaton’s bust. Nefertiti’s bust is one of the over 7.000 archaeological objects brought to light by Ludwig Borchardt and his team in the Amarna site, Akhenaton’s capital. Over 5.000 of these objects had been sent to Berlin. REVIEW: Both the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue "In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery" I warmly recommend to everyone even vaguely interested in archeology and ancient Egypt. The special exhibition on the Amarna period, organized by the ‘Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection’ at the Neues Museum, located on the “Museum Insel”, marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti on December 6, 1912. With approximately 400 objects from the period, including the borrowed artifacts from other museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, and the British Museum, the exhibition places the time, in which Queen Nefertiti lived, within the historical context of the city of Amarna, the capital of ancient Egypt during Akhenaten’s rule, and celebrates the discovery of the famous bust during the excavations in 1912 and 1913, led by Ludwig Borchardt, a German Egyptologist from Berlin. At the center of the Neues Museum archeological collection on ancient and modern Egyptian history, stands an embodied history––the bust of Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of pharaoh Akhenaten. My fascination with ancient Egypt and my interest in Nefertiti as a prominent female figure in its history has been part of my life ever since childhood. However, it was not until after I began researching the “New Kingdom” dynasty period for my final project as a high school senior last year, that I started to truly share the admiration for her legacy with a number of Egyptologists who made her history known and presentable to us here and now in Berlin. Who was this woman exactly of whose influence we still hear today and why are her bust and life story the central focus of the Egyptian collection at the Neues Museum? Nefertiti was the royal woman of Amenhotep IV, better known as Akhenaten and the pharaoh who introduced the monotheistic religion of god Aten (thus the name AkhenAten). She was one of the most famous elite queens of the 18th dynasty and well known for her astonishing beauty. Ever since her time, she has represented an ideal of a beautiful face, still admired in the form of a bust by the thousands of visitors who come to the special chamber, which resembles a temple of worship within the Neues Museum. Nefertiti’s power did not lie simply in her looks, but also in her self-confidence and inborn ability for leadership. Nefertiti was an uncommonly powerful queen, even the guiding force behind the throne. Scenes from Aten’s temple at Karnak and papyrus collections from the Neues Museum narrate of her active role in the religious and political life of the state. She lived with her husband Akhenaten in Amarna, the new capital he established for his monotheistic religion, with the Sun as the only deity. The city of Amarna bears many imprints of the past time of Nefertiti and Akhenanten’s rule, many left in their unfinished portraits and granite heads, some of which can be found either as an original or a reconstructed sample at the Amarna exhibition. Seeing the artifacts of Nefertiti’s time, situated around her bust chamber, inclines one’s imagination to take a stroll down the memory lane, which is filled with vivid images of both the everyday life dishes and the exclusive royal jewels as symbols of status. The exhibition awoke the inner Egyptian in me too, and for a moment I felt like a resident of the extraordinarily artistically and archeologically rich Amarna period, infused with the spirit of Nefertiti in every statue, stele, and hieroglyph. I remember being powerfully influenced by Nefertiti during the writing process of my paper on the grand women of the “New Kingdom” period last year. Many speculations were made throughout history on whether she in fact ruled side by side with Akhenaten. At the time I could find no substantial evidence or reference clearly indicating that in addition to her powerful role in society, Nefertiti was also formally recognized by her husband as a Queen Regent, or as an equal ruler by his side. Nonetheless, I have always had a strangely strong belief that such was indeed the case. Given the recent evidence from 2012, the Amarna exhibition, set in honor of Nefertiti, proved my intuition right. The excavations in Amarna last year proved successful in affirming once and for all the importance of Nefertiti during the Akhenaten rule. The Amarna Egyptologists found a document, in which Akhenaten assigns Nefertiti as his co-regent and thereby equally shares the power and influence over the state with her. In the time when women could not be pharaohs, and men almost always held the leading positions, Nefertiti’s status represented a revolutionary turning point that proved women can be just as capable as men in state leadership. Altogether, it is no wonder that Nefertiti is still highly popular in Egypt and worldwide. The exhibition shows a number of references to Nefertiti in popular culture, from statues to comic books. There are several excavated documents speaking of various names and descriptions for the Queen Regent: Great of Favor, Beloved One, Soothing the King’s Heart in His House, Soft-Spoken in All, Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt, Great King’s Wife, Lady of the Two Lands and others. They are a testament of her popularity amongst the people and her importance for the nation, as they imply her position and political influence through the rule with her husband. Her legacy spread over the succeeding dynastic periods and ultimately reached contemporary times thanks to Borchardt’s excavations in 1912 and 1913. The beginning of the 20th century, therefore, brought Nefertiti back to life thanks to the discovery of her bust and the records of her atypically important, given the historical context, political role. Nefertiti marked the “New Kingdom” period as the most beautiful and beloved Egyptian queen. In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery gives us, the mere spectators into the well of the times past, an opportunity to go back to the glorious days of the Amarna period and consider how one woman, despite the social norms and her gender, could climb the social ladder with her skill and honor, and always managed to astonish people with her strength, beauty, and unique aura––even thousands of years after her death. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is a monumental volume encompassing current studies in Egypt's fascinating Amarna period. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the famous bust of Nefertiti. The full-page color photographs of the portrait heads found in Thutmoses' workshop at Amarna are alone worth the relatively modest price. The photographs are so spectacularly focused it is almost like holding these enigmatic treasures in your hands. There are 29 chapters written by 26 scholars covering just about everything one could wish: from monumental sculpture to exquisite faience amulets, from photos of the early excavations to detailed models of the temples and palaces, from new discoveries to unpublished finds, from insights to controversies, all with an emphasis on Ludwig Borchardt's excavations (1911-1914) and the fabulous collection of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. All in all the volume is a treasure trove for Amarna students. REVIEW: This book was wonderful to just browse through. See Amarna as it is today and the wonders that were found there. Ancient Akhetaten, the Horizon of the Sun, was built by Akhenaten to be his refuge from the world outside and a world of its own. Here he could worship his god and feel that he was free to do so. And wherever the Pharaoh was so was the center of the Egyptian world. It was a hundred years ago when the beautiful ones face came out of the sands of Tell El-Amarna and this book celebrates that find. Nefertit has become an icon of beauty as her name suggested ever since she was discovered. This book shows rare photos of the discovery scarcely minutes after her unearthing from the sands that filled the studio of Thutmose the Atheist. The book shows that it was not all the beauty found in Amarna though, for Akhenaten inspired a new sense of their love of beauty on walls vases and in a variety of media from glass to paintings. Here you can see what artistry the Egyptians freed from the stylizations of tradition could do. REVIEW: "In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery" is an exhibition catalogue released in conjunction with Egyptian Museum of Berlin's special exhibit centred around the infamous bust of Nefertiti. It's beautifully presented and packed with detail. The essays cover a variety of topics, from following the Nefertiti bust since its rediscovery and the excavations at Amarna to exploring life, religion and craftsmanship in the city of Akhet-Aten and a brief overview of Nefertiti's life. There is real insight to be found in these essays – including the revelation of the last attested year of Nefertiti's existence – not Year 12-14 as has been previously thought, but Year 16 of Akhenaten's reign. REVIEW: A beautifully illustrated book, a little like a museum I could explore for days. I'm still reading though and think I will be for a while as there is so much information packed into the pages. I love the Amarna period and thought I had seen everything that has been discovered there. Not so as the book has photographs of discoveries I didn't have any idea about. A worthwhile purchase for any amateur Egyptologist who wants more than the usual stunted information that is out there. REVIEW: This is a beautiful coffee table book that will satisfy the appetites of archeologists, Egyptologists, and lovers of fine art and culture in general. The photographs of the artifacts are of fine quality. Of course, the inside photo of the bust of Nefertiti is wonderful. This volume might even be used as a good starting point for further exploration and research into the Amarna Period, not only of the nobility but also the common people as well. REVIEW: Awesome book, glad I noticed a review of it online because it's a steal at any price. If you're into Ancient Egyptology then this is an incredible value and must have, even just to have it lying around as a muse for creative endeavors. REVIEW: Really enjoying this book. So many beautiful pictures! Interesting articles by respected scholars. I believe that this may have been translated from German? There have been a few occasions when the wording was awkward, but understandable. REVIEW: A lavish and stunningly illustrated book with details and new discoveries I was surprised I hadn't come across before. A must have book for any 18th Dynasty enthusiast. REVIEW: Fantastically comprehensive study of the Amarna period and better than anything you will find online. The images are superb and the information of great depth. REVIEW: I really wanted to see the exhibit, but could not, so this book was the next best thing. Great pictures and good background information on Amarna. REVIEW: I love the Amarna period and the work of Barry Kemp. It is many years since I visited Amarna and would love to go again. REVIEW: Five stars! Interesting. Well written, with different perspectives. REVIEW: Five stars! Excellent! A must have for anyone interested in this period in ancient history. REVIEW: Five stars! Helped so much with succinct, discrete modules and really easy read. REVIEW: Five stars! Amazing quality, much appreciated. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: REVIEW: Have we finally found the secret lost tomb of ancient Egypt's Queen Nefertiti? The Big Question: The discovery of a secret tomb behind Tutankhamun's is being hailed as unique by archaeologists around the world. Cambridge Egyptologist Kimberley Watt explains what's been found - and why we should all be excited. Why are we asking this now? The tomb of Tutankhamun, the king of ancient Egypt who became famous when Howard Carter discovered his tomb nearly intact in 1922, is now a hot topic again. That's because Dr Nicholas Reeves, an eminent Egyptologist and former director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, published a paper demonstrating how behind the walls of this small tomb, there were more rooms as demonstrated by thin cracks in the decorative paintings. In his opinion, the rooms could contain the remains of Queen Nefertiti.. The scans of the walls were done in November 2015 but the results were only released on the 17 March 2016 by Dr Mahmoud Eldamaty, the Minister of Egyptian Antiquities since 2014. Using ground-penetrating radar (radiating electromagnetic pulses into a surface then analysing the type of response), a team composed of the Egyptian minister and various specialists performed a scan of the walls of the burial chamber and treasury of the tomb of Tutankhamun. These scans indeed indicate that there are openings behind the West and North walls of the burial chamber.. Further examination of the resulting data indicates that there are organic and metallic remains behind each of these voids. This means that they were intentionally created and carefully concealed, with access plastered over and then decorated to hide it from view. They were so well hidden that they lay undiscovered for nearly a century after the first opening of the tomb.. Who was Tutankhamun? His tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and Douglas Berry, and surprisingly seemed to have gone unnoticed by past and recent tomb robbers. The famous golden head mask exposed in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo is one of the most impressive pieces of its funerary goods, but the wooden panels and statues are just as unique in their designs.. Who is the mysterious Queen who might be hiding in Tutankhamun's tomb? Artists secretly scan Queen Nefertiti bust and recreate using data Tutankhamun tomb 'must not be damaged' in hunt for secret chamber Tutankhamun's golden face mask 'was actually made for his mother.. Tutankhamun was the eleventh king of the 18th dynasty (16th – 13th century BCE), who reigned for nine years and died when he was approximately 18 years old. DNA analyses indicate that he was the son of Akhenaten, the previous king, and of Akhenaten’s sister, a royal concubine. He died with no heirs, which allowed two army generals to access the throne, Ay followed by Horemheb. . After the break from orthodoxy of the Amarna period, Tutankhamun and his successors resumed the ancient form of the religion and started extensive temple constructions in the country.. What more do we want to know? . Tutankhamun’s tomb is unique not only because it was one of a few preserved from robbers, but also because its plan differs greatly from the other tombs of the period. The tombs were carved and excavated by workmen within the Theban mountain (on the opposite bank of modern Luxor), thus hiding the royal remains and funerary furniture deep into the mountain. The funerary material that was uncovered was unprecedented for any king in our records. This means that a lot of it seems unique. It is possible this new discovery will change our opinion, if it appears that another member of the royal family was buried in these hidden rooms. 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