Tiye is generally remembered as the “commoner queen” of Ancient Egypt. Tiye was not born to a king and his royal consort. She was the daughter of Yuya, who was granted the titles of “father of the king” and Commander of the cavalry and Tuya, priestess of the god Min, her titles do not denote a relationship with the throne
Since her marriage to Amenhotep, Tiyi became an indispensable character in the royal court. Written sources attest to her influence over the king. She took an active role in political matters and even dealt with foreign dignitaries on her own initiative.
Ancient egyptian queen tiye
Tiye always appears next to the traditional divine attributes. Along with the crowns that corresponded to her as queen, the solar disk, the horns, the high feathers and the vulture-shaped crown were included. She usually appeared dressed in a feathered costume representing the goddesses Muy and Nejbet. She used to be described as “great in favors, Tiyi, the great wife of the king, beloved of Nejbet” in an allusion to the goddess who helped the Sun god in his journey through the sky, just as now she as queen helped the king to rule.
Queen tiye egypt
Some scholars believe that Tiye’s family would be old servants of the court of the Thutmose, a Middle Egyptian family with very close connections to royalty. Yuya’s ancestors may have come from Asia. Other prominent members of his family were: Anen, Second Prophet of Amon and brother of Tiye; Ay, successor of Yuya as “father of the god” and future pharaoh and who could also be Tiye’s brother.
Despite his lack of divine blood, Tiye had a great ascendancy over the kingdom of her husband. It is demonstrated by the numerous colossal statues, next to the king, in royal monuments, in private tombs and instituted a role for herself in both religious and civil ceremonies. She was venerated as a living goddess in the Nubian temple of Sedeinga. Tiye’s influence survived the death of her husband. In letters from foreign rulers, the new pharaoh Amenophis IV is prompted to seek advice from his mother because of her familiarity with international affairs.
Queen tiye death
it seems likely that she was buried in her husband’s Theban tomb on the west bank of the Nile in a section of the Valley of the Kings, although several objects from her burial were found in tomb KV 55 near the Valley of the Kings. Most likely these pieces were transported to Thebes from the Royal Tomb of Amarna since his first burial was in Akhetaton. The mummy called “Old Lady B” from a cache of mummies in the tomb of Amenophis II, has been identified as Tiye, but recent studies doubt the first ones.
The mummy of Queen Tiye
One of the mummies that have caused most curiosity since it was discovered is that of Queen Tiy, Tutankhamun’s grandmother, whose face was reconstructed revealing an incomparable beauty.
Through digital reconstruction and editing techniques, using data from previous physical examinations of the skull, detailed measurements, scale photos, and X-rays of the skeleton, it was possible to know her features.
Tutankhamun’s famous grandmother, Tiy, became queen when she married the most eligible bachelor of Egyptian royalty, Amenhotep III.It is no coincidence that Tutankhamun was buried with a golden mask; his family tree includes Egyptian royalty which his grandmother managed to sneak.