Queen Tiye

Queen Tiye

Queen tiye.

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.

Who was Queen Tiye

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 grandmother

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.

Queen tiye facts :

  1. The cause of the death of Queen Tiye is currently unknown, but she is no longer mentioned in the 12th year of Akhenaten’s reign (1338 B.C.).
  2. The long reign of Amenhotep III and his great royal wife, Tiye, was a golden age for Egypt. Ruling together for 38 years, the couple oversaw a vast and prosperous empire from around 1391 to 1353 B.C. during Egypt’s 18th Dynasty.
  3. Queen Tiye, who also lived in the 14th century BC, was much more clearly a black African. Apparently, ancient Egypt was a genuinely multiracial society. It was a cosmopolitan crossroads at the confluence of black Africa and white Eurasia.
  4. Queen of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, diplomat, and advisor, she was undoubtedly much admired in the kingdom. Her husband had shrines, palaces, and even a lake built for her.
  5. Known for her intelligence and strong personality, she managed to gain the respect of foreign dignitaries. Foreign leaders were willing to deal directly with her. She continued to play an active role in foreign relations and was the first Egyptian queen to have her name recorded in official acts.
  6. Teyi (also known as Tiy, 1398-1338 BC) was a queen of Egypt of the 18th dynasty, wife of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, mother of Akhenaten and grandmother of Tutankhamun
  7. The cause of Queen Tiye’s death is currently unknown, but she is no longer mentioned in the 12th year of Akhenaten’s reign (1338 BC).
  8. Tiye is The deity of light, an ancient Egyptian queen.
  9. In the year 2 of the reign, Amenhotep married Tiye, the daughter of Yuya and Thuya. Tiye was the Great Royal Wife during the entire reign of Amenhotep.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the story of Queen Tiye?
Tiye was married to Amenhotep III in the second year of his reign. She had been born to a secondary wife of her father and needed a stronger link to the royal lineage. Their marriage was celebrated by issuing commemorative scarabs, announcing Tiye as Great Royal Wife and giving the names of her parents.
What was Queen Tiy like?
Queen of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, diplomat and advisor, she was undoubtedly much admired in the kingdom. Her husband had sanctuaries, palaces and even a lake built for her.
Was Queen Tiye of Egypt black?
Was Queen Tiye of Egypt black?
How long did Tiye rule?
The long reign of Amenhotep III and his great royal wife, Tiye, was a golden age for Egypt. Ruling together for 38 years , the couple oversaw a vast and prosperous empire from around 1391 to 1353 BC during Egypt's 18th dynasty.
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