Egypt During the Reign of Akhenaton

Nefertiti

"Mistress of His Happiness"

"At hearing whose voice the King rejoices"

"Lady of Grace"

"Great of Love"

"Fair of face"

"Great Wife and Mother"

"She who sends the Aton to rest with a sweet voice, and with her two beautiful hands bearing two systrums"

(Nefertiti seems to have been given special charge of the evening vesper prayers. This may have been the first time that a woman officiated over a lament.)

"The Beautiful Lady Who Comes"

The king wrote of her:

The heiress, great in favor, lady of
grace, sweet love, Mistress of the
South and North, fair of face, gay
with the two plumes, beloved of the
living Aten [the King], the Chief
Wife of the King whom he loves,
Lady of the Two Lands, great of love,
Nefertiti, living for ever and ever.

Nefertiti is considered one of the great beauties of all time. Her beauty was of the noble Theban type seen in the paintings of the necropolis.

She was married to Akhenaton when she was 12 and he was 14 years of age.

The coloured bust on Berlin shows the rosy tints of her complexion suggesting that she was careful to avoid the sunlight or that she was of Northern stock.

The nobility of her bearing suggests that she was of noble blood. But there is no firm evidence to suggest that she was Egyptian.

 

It is interesting to note that from the time of the 12th dynasty the Egyptian nobles had married Cretan women (We see people with undeniable Egyptian features on the Hagia Triada sarcophagus - possibly priests.

 

She appears to have fallen from grace in year 15 of the reign - and we hear no more of her Smenkhara taking her place in official duties.

We do not know where she was buried but the earplug and ring below were found outside the royal tomb in Amara and may have belonged to her.

 

Could these be mummies of the Amarna Royal Family - some think not - but have a look!

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