Bust of Nefertiti
|The beautiful Queen of the Amarna period, wife of
Akhenaten, apparently supported her husband faithfully in his campaigns,
and was given unusual prominence, along with her six daughters,
in temple and palace reliefs. At some point in the twelfth year
of Akhenaten's reign, Nefertiti suddenly vanished into obscurity,
replaced by a less prominent queen, Kiya, and her daughter, Meritaten.
Kiya is believed to have died by the fourteenth year, though the
hypothesis remains that she is Smenkhkare, the mysterious successor
of Akhenaten. Nefertiti's mystery and her incredible beauty, attested
by the famous bust sculpted in limestone at Thutmose's workshop
in Akhet-Aten, make her one of the most intruiging personalities
of Ancient Egypt.
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