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Facts about Nefertiti

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Images exist depicting Nefertiti and the king riding together in a chariot, kissing in public, and Nefertiti sitting on the king's knee, leading scholars to conclude that the relationship was a loving one.

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Nefertiti was then referred to as "Tefnut herself," at once the daughter and the wife of the sun-god.

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Nefertiti's parentage is not known with certainty, but it is generally believed that she was the daughter of Ay, later to be pharaoh after Tutankhamen.

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One theory states that it was Nefertiti herself in a new guise as a female king, following the historical role of other women leaders such as Sobkneferu and Hatshepsut.

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Much controversy lingers about Nefertiti after the twelfth regal year of Akhenaten, when her name vanishes.

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Nefertiti may have also ruled as pharaoh in her own right under the name Neferneferuaten, or Smenkhkare.

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Another theory identifies Nefertiti with the Mitanni princess Tadukhipa.

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Such depictions had traditionally been reserved for the pharaoh alone, and yet Nefertiti was depicted as such.

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An article in A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt by Susan E. James suggests that the "Elder Lady" mummy (found in the same tomb) may be Nefertiti's body.

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Nefertiti was also known throughout Egypt for her beauty.

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The mummy was put through CT scan analysis and researchers concluded that she may be Tutankhamun's biological mother, Kiya, rather Nefertiti.

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Some theories hold that Nefertiti was still alive and held influence on the younger royals who married in their teens.

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Perhaps most impressively, Nefertiti is shown on a relief from the temple at Amarna smiting a foreign enemy with a mace before Aten.

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Other features support the identification were the age of the body, the presence of embedded nefer beads, and a wig of a rare style worn by Nefertiti.

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Nefertiti's place as an icon in popular culture is secure as she has become somewhat of a celebrity due to the rare find of her bust.

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Nefertiti is depicted in images and statuary in a large image denoting her importance.

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Some scholars are adamant about Nefertiti assuming the role of co-regent during or after the death of Akhenaten.

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In Akhenaten's new state religion centered on the sun god, he and Nefertiti were depicted as the primeval first couple.

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Nefertiti is shown as a beloved wife and mother.

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Nefertiti would have prepared for her death and for the succession of her daughter, Ankhesenpaaten, now named Ankhsenamun, and her stepson and now son-in-law, Tutankhamun.

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The new city was dedicated to the royal couple's new religion, and Nefertiti's famous bust is also thought to have been created around this time.

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To date, the mummy of Nefertiti, the famous and iconic Egyptian queen, has not been conclusively found.

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Long forgotten to history, Nefertiti was made famous when her bust was discovered in the ruins of an artist's shop in Amarna in 1912, now in Berlin's Altes Museum, shown to the right.

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Nefertiti was married to Amenhotep IV around 1357 B.C.E.

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Nefertiti had played a prominent role in the old religion, and this continued in the new system.

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Long forgotten to history, Nefertiti was made famous when her bust was discovered in the ruins of an artist's shop in Amarna in 1912, now in Berlin's Altes Museum, shown to the right.