Berlin exhibition to mark centenary of Nefertiti find

Berlin is to honor the centenary of the discovery of a famed bust of Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti — one of the city’s top tourist attractions — with an exhibition of works from the Amarna site where it was found.

Neues Museum officials said Monday that the show, ‘‘In the Light of Amarna — 100 Years of the Find of Nefertiti’’ will open Dec. 6. That’s the 100th anniversary of the day when a German excavator unearthed the 3,300-year old limestone bust of the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton in southern Egypt.

The show will include some 600 objects, many of which have been held in the Berlin museum’s stores over the decades and which organizers hope will illustrate life in ancient Egypt. They include some 200 items being restored in time for the exhibition. There’s also an excavator’s diary, including a sketch of Nefertiti.

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