I usually get a bitter-sweet feeling when I read about Egyptian monuments being restored and properly presented to the word by Western museums. A perfect example is Germany's Neues Museum latest exhibit of the controversially obtained Nefertiti bust. Excerpt from a Washington Post story:
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 director of Berlin’s Egyptian collection, Friederike Seyfried, said she has visited Egypt three times in recent months and met the current antiquities minister. She said she believes the upcoming exhibition is being viewed positively in Cairo.
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