The German Post continues issuing stamps featuring treasures and witnesses of bygone eras, which can be found in German museums. This issue is dedicated to the treasures to be admired in Berlin - the Ishtar Gate and the bust of Nefertiti.
The magnificent Ishtar Gate, with its twelve meters high, the bright blue glazed tiles and the impressive animal reliefs attracts countless visitors every year. A reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way is located at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. It was built out of material excavated by Robert Koldewey in the 1930s.
The Nefertiti bust featuring the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 BC by the sculptor Thutmose. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the Nefertiti bust in 1912 in Thutmose's workshop in Amarna, Egypt. It is currently on display at the restored Neues Museum in Berlin. The Nefertiti bust has as much archaeological importance as aesthetic one. The plastic offers symmetry and harmony of the facial features. Even after 3300 years Nefertiti is a timeless icon of overwhelming beauty.