Egypt During the Reign of Akhenaton

Meritaton - Beloved of Aton
(ca. 1354 - ca. 1339 B.C.)

 

First daughter of Akhenaton and Nefertiti.

Born in year 3 or 4 of the reign

May have been married to her father as early as year 13 when she would have been about 11 - She could have been the mother of MERITATEN TASHERIT.

She was married to Smenkhara possibly in year 16 - either at the time of or shortly before her father's death and when Smenkhara was made co-ruler.

Her marriage may have taken place in year 15, however, as her name replaces that of Nefertiti at this time.

After her husband's death there is no further mention of her name. She went with her husband to Thebes but seems never to have returned to Akhetaton.

It is interesting to note that Smenkhara was placed in Nefertiti's place over his wife.

A small ivory palette bearing her name was found between the paws of the Anubis figure, in the treasury of Tutankhamon's tomb. This could lead one to believe that she was still alive at the time of his death. However, if she was alive why was Ankhespaaton made Tutankhamon's wife and thought of as heiress to the throne after the death of Smenkhara and after Tutankhamon's death?

Perhaps Tutankhamon did marry her but only so that he could gain the throne and then had her relegated to the harem - her name and titles are not mentioned.

 

The sarcophagus found in the tomb RV55 may possibly have been destined for her before her marriage to Smenkhara. The canopic jars found in the same tomb were also intended for a princess - the pharonic serpent had adorned the brow of their wigs but been removed.

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