Close up of the limestone bust of Nefertiti showing her face.

The Bust of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum, Berlin

On 6 December 1912 a limestone bust of Nefertiti was unearthed by a German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt. The archaeologists were excavating in Armana, and came upon the ancient sculptor Thutmose’s workshop. Frequently described as the most famous face from antiquity, this bust of Nefertiti is perhaps rivalled only by Tutankhamun’s death mask.
Queen Nefertiti, is her’s the most famous face from antiquity?

Where Was the Bust of Nefertiti Found?

The bust was found in what was the workshop of Thutmose, in the ancient city of A in the because it was found in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. Amarna is a vast archaeological site – the ruins of the capital city that was established by the Pharaoh Akhenaten in the late Eighteenth Dynasty.

Where is the Bust of Nefertiti Today?

The bust of Nefertiti on display in the Neues Museum, Museumsinsel in Berlin.

Is Thutmose’s Bust of Nefertiti on Public Display?

The bust of Nefertiti on display in the Neues Museum, Museumsinsel in Berlin.

History With Kids

The discovery of Nefertiti is represented in Berlin's Little Big City children's attraction.
A miniature representation of Ludwig Borchardt carrying a very recognisable bust of Nefertiti. Included in a reconstruction of a 1920s street in Berlin at Little Big City Berlin.

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Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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