NEFERTITI’S ROOTS


Where did Nefertiti come from? Her parentage is not known for certain. It has been proposed by some scholars that she was the daughter of Ay. Ay was a pharaoh who ruled briefly after Tutankhamun.

One major problem of this theory is that neither Ay or his wife Tey are explicitly called the father and mother of Nefertiti in existing sources.

On the other hand, there is no evidence that directly contradicts this hypothesis. It is safe to say that it is possible that Ay was her father considering his huge influence and status during her early life.

Nefertiti is famous for being Akhenaten’s wife. It has also been hypothesised that Nefertiti was his full sister. This would mean that she was the granddaughter of Yuya and Tjuyu - two hugely powerful royals who possibly had a foreign origin.

So, having drawn this information together, is it possible that Nefertiti hailed form a foreign bloodline?

It’s possible.

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