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Posted on 02/15/2014 11:25:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Queen Nefertari, whose name means beautiful companion, was one of Ramses IIs eight royal wives and his most beloved one.
Although Nefertaris family background is unknown, the discovery of an inscription of the cartouche of the pharaoh Ay inside her tomb has led archaeologists to speculate that she was related to him. If any relation exists, she could be his great-granddaughter because of the time between the reign of Ay and Ramses II in Ancient Egyptian history.
Until now no decisive archaeological evidence has been found to link Nefertari to the royal family of the 18th Dynasty. Nefertari married Ramses II before he ascended the throne, and she bore him at least four sons and two daughters...
The greatest honour was bestowed on Nefertari by Ramses II as she was not only depicted in statue form at the great temple at Abu Simbel, but she also had a smaller temple dedicated to her and to the goddess Hathor beside the kings own temple.
A lavishly decorated tomb, QV66, in the Valley of the Queens on the west bank at Luxor... was robbed in antiquity, but rediscovered in 1904 by the Italian Egyptologist Ernesto Schiaparelli. Several funerary items belonging to the queen were taken from her tomb, including gold bracelets, figurines and a small piece of an earring or pendant, all of them now on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the US. A collection of figurines is also exhibited at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo...
Ramses IIs love for his wife is registered on the walls of the queens burial chamber. He wrote a poem to his wife saying: my love is unique no one can rival her, for she is the most beautiful woman alive. Just by passing, she has stolen away my heart.
(Excerpt) Read more at weekly.ahram.org.eg ...
QV66 on Pinterest ( ! ):
Although Nefertaris family background is unknown, the discovery of an inscription of the cartouche of the pharaoh Ay inside her tomb has led archaeologists to speculate that she was related to him.
Looks like QV68 had a mastectomy and a leg amputation.
Nefertari and Ramesses:
I thought it was already established these folks were inbreeding fanatics.
Depending on which past love decided my tomb I’ll either be left to rot on the ground or have a Tajmahal built.
I believe that’s an earlier Nefertari.
So being descended from Ay qualified her to be queen, I guess. I didn’t know Ay had any children; the XVIII dynasty pretty much ended with him (there’s a bit of confusion over whether Horemheb belonged to dynasty XVIII or XIX).
Horemheb was an appointee, a vassal governor.
They were forgotten for at least two thousand years. :’)
Looks like Rosa de Lauro!