Who is Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt?
Queen Nefertiti was one of ancient Egypt’s most famous, beautiful, and powerful queens; her name means “Beautiful Woman has Arrived.” She was one of the queens of the 18th dynasty and held many titles during her life, including the lady of grace, great of praises, mistress of upper and lower Egypt, the lady of the two lands, main king’s wife, and Akhenaten’s beloved.
When did Queen Nefertiti ascend to Egypt’s throne?
Queen Nefertiti began her legacy as the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BC), who ascended to the throne of Egypt after his father, Amenhotep III, died when she was only 15 years old. She ruled alongside her husband, who was also around her age, and some believe she was from a foreign country, possibly Syria, while others believe she was the daughter of a high official named Ay.
What Happened to Queen Nefertiti’s Husband?
When her husband attempted to convert Egypt’s polytheistic religious tradition to a monotheistic system, Queen Nefertiti stood by his side. He changed Amun’s worship to Aton “The Sun Disk,” and she changed her name to Neferneferuaten, which means “Beautiful of Aton,” and moved with him to his new capital in El-Amarna, Akhenaton. She ruled Egypt alongside her husband, and she is depicted on the throne, wearing the crown, in numerous wall paintings, decorations, and artifacts. From Akhenaten, she had six daughters, the most famous of whom was Ankhesenpaaten, who married her half-brother Tutankhamen.
The Last Days of Her Life
After the twelfth year of Akhenaten’s rule, Queen Nefertiti vanished from power, and her daughter Merritt Aton ascended to the Egyptian throne. Her death was also the subject of much debate, and the details of her death have all but vanished from historical records. The location of Nefertari’s tomb is a complete mystery because the Valley of the Kings contains two mummies known as “The Elder Lady” and “The Younger Lady,” one of which is thought to be her true body, but no one knows which one.
Queen Nefertiti’s Well-Known Bust
The painted stucco-coated limestone carving of Nefertiti’s lovely face is known as the Nefertiti Bust. This item was created by the great sculptor Thutmose around 1345 B.C., and it was discovered in his studio in the city of Aten Amarna in 1912 by a German archaeologist named Ludwig Borchardt, and it currently sits in the Berlin Museum. It is significant and well-known for its stunning beauty, as well as for demonstrating the ancient Egyptians’ mastery of realistic face proportions and creative expression and methods.
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