There is no known information on Neferatiti’s bloodline. Some speculate that Aye could have been her father. But she is also thought to be the daughter of an army officer. Her only known blood relative is a sister, Mutnodjmet.
Nefertiti was the queen of Akhenaten during Egypt’s Amarna period. Nefertiti ruled like no other queen of Egypt, ancient artwork suggest that she had almost the same influence as Akhenaten. She is even depicted wearing a Pharaohs crown and killing her enemies. No other woman has ever been depicted doing so.
Nefertiti and Akhenaten first made a name for themselves by denouncing the popular God, Amun, in favor of Aten, the Sun God. They created Aketaten, a city for Aten in the Amarna region of Egypt. Archaeologists have found that Aketaten was the first planned suburb in history.
Akhenaten and Nefertiti changed religious rituals by allowing ordinary citizens to participate. They also changed the role of royalty, proclaiming the couple to be more god like than human. They believed that upon their death, they would not be sent to the under world but instead, they would rise up and become one with Aten.
Nefertiti and Akhenaten wanted to promote Aten as the one and only true God. They canceled the multi God celebrating festival of Opet. After 10 years in power, Nefertiti and Akhenaten ordered the destruction of all shrines of the many Egyptian Gods. They tried to wipe out 2,000 years of Egyptian history and religion. This enraged the citizens of Thebes.
Queen Nefertiti and her husband ruled Egypt for 17 years. There is no record of how they died. Their royal tomb was found empty. Controversy continues to swirl around Nefertiti.
The bust of Nefertiti has become the icon for feminine beauty. Nefertiti’s bust is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of art of the pre-modern world. Slight blemishes like a missing eye crystal and broken left ear are minor considering how old the bust is. The bust is currently housed in Berlin, Germany and has long been a point of contention between Germany and Egypt.
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