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Queen Nefertiti was one of ancient Egypt’s most iconic and enigmatic figures, renowned for her beauty and her prominent role in the Amarna period during the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom, around 1370-1330 BCE. She was the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who is known for his attempt to transition Egypt to monotheism centered around the worship of the sun god Aten.

Nefertiti’s exact origins are still a subject of debate among historians, but it’s believed that she might have come from a noble Egyptian family. Her name translates to “the beautiful one has come,” and she is often depicted in art with a graceful neck, elongated features, and an iconic blue crown-like headdress.

During her husband Akhenaten’s reign, Nefertiti played a significant role in the religious and political changes that he introduced. Akhenaten moved the Egyptian capital to a new city called Akhetaten (modern-day Amarna) and promoted the worship of Aten above all other gods. This shift was a departure from the traditional polytheistic religious practices of ancient Egypt.

Nefertiti and Akhenaten had several daughters, the most famous of whom is probably Ankhesenamun. Nefertiti is often depicted alongside her husband in carvings and artwork, participating in religious ceremonies and even shown with her daughters. Her role was more prominent than that of many other royal wives of the time, which adds to her historical significance.

After Akhenaten’s death, Nefertiti’s fate becomes uncertain. Some theories suggest that she might have ruled as a pharaoh in her own right under a different name, while others propose that she disappeared from historical records. The exact details of her life and her death are shrouded in mystery, and her tomb has not been definitively identified.

Nefertiti’s bust, discovered in 1912, is one of the most famous ancient Egyptian artworks and is displayed in the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany. Her captivating image has made her a symbol of ancient Egyptian beauty and power, and her story continues to captivate historians, archaeologists, and enthusiasts alike.

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 4.5 × 4.5 × 9.5 in


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