Egyptian Museum : Michelin's recommendations
Currently split between the Stüler pavilion in Charlottenburg and the Bode Museum on the Museum Island, the collections of Egyptian art should be amalgamated within ten years when the building of the New Museum (Neues Museum) is complete. The Charlottenburg collection focuses on treasures found at Armana, the capital of Amenophis IV-Akhenaton, the heretical Pharaoh. The German archaeologists who dug at the site from 1911 to 1914 were interested in specific houses. A number of objects, especially religious objects, were left there. There is a rich collection of masterpieces: on the ground floor of the Stüler pavilion, apart from the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti, one should also see the silver plate, earthenware and glass work. These techniques reached a peak during the reign of Amenophis IV. In the old stables, the Temple Gate of Kalabsha welcomes the visitor. This was presented by Egypt to West Germany for its help in transporting the temple outside the zone blocked off by Sudanese roadblocks. As an example of the art during the reign of Amenophis III, one should see the portrait of Queen Tiy. A series of portraits of men and women, painted with a great expressiveness, constitutes the high point of the works produced during the reign of Akhenaton. On the first floor, the Green bust of Berlin is displayed, striking for its psychological study. Amongst the other masterpieces, see the group in sculpted wood of the Psammetisch family (approximately 550 BC). The funerary chapel of Imhotep dating from the era of Ramses (1250 BC) is also worthy of attention.