Location City: Berlin


Portrait Head of Queen Tiye with a Crown of Two Feathers, c. 1355 B.C.E., Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, Egypt, yew wood, lapis lazuli, silver, gold, faience, 22.5 cm high (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection at the Neues Museum, Berlin)
Tiye was a powerful figure, but her royal life was complicated, as demonstrated through this changing statue.

Portrait Head of Queen Tiye




Medea Sarcophagus, 140 - 150 C.E., marble, 65 x 227 cm (Altes Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)
One of the great myths of jealousy and revenge is carved into this sarcophagus. But why put this story on a coffin?

Medea Sarcophagus



The Pergamon Altar (detail)
Greek gods battle Giants for supremacy of the universe, so deeply carved that they almost step out into our world.

The Pergamon Altar




Frans Hals, Malle Babbe, detail
In this complicated image, Hals investigates madness. The rapidity of his brushwork heightens the viewer’s unease.

Frans Hals, Malle Babbe















Maize cobs, Inka, c. 1440–1533, Sheet metal/repoussé, metal alloys, 25.7 x 6 x 9 cm (Ethnological Museum, Berlin) (photo: Ethnological Museum, Berlin, CC BY-NC-SA)
A life-size metallic garden at the Qorikancha included these corn cobs, llamas, and other offerings.

Maize cobs