Egyptian queen and Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh
in hieroglyphs

Nefertiti (pronounced at the time something like *nafratiːta[1]) (c. 1370 BC – c. 1330 BC) was the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. She was the mother-in-law and may have been stepmother of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. After her husband died, Nefertiti may have also ruled as pharaoh under the name Neferneferuaten. However, some archaeologists do not think Nefertiti was Neferneferuaten.[2]

The iconic bust of Nefertiti, part of the Ägyptisches Museum Berlin collection, currently on display in the Altes Museum.

Her name in English means "the beautiful (or perfect) woman has come". Nefertiti was one of the most powerful queens in Ancient Egypt.



Nefertiti was the first and most loved wife of Akhenaten.[3] she might have reigned under the name of Ankhkheperure Neferneferuatan. She had six daughters with Akhenaten.



There are many tales about Nefertiti being born as a royal and her father being pharaoh Ay, but they are not confirmed. So it would be unlikely that she did become a pharaoh without royal blood. Her daughter Meritaten was born a royal, so she had more of a chance of becoming a pharaoh.[4] Her parenthood is still a mystery. The only detail known is that they were nobles.



Two of her daughters became queens of Egypt. In the 12th year of Akheneaton rule many of the princesses died, but what was more confusing was that Nefertiti vanished. So everyone assumed that she died like the other princesses. There was no record of Nefertiti’s death and no evidence that she was ever buried.[5]

She is best known for her bust, which is in the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany. This bust is considered to be a beautiful example of Egyptian art.

A man called Ludwig Borchardt with a team of people discovered a portrait bust of Queen Nefertiti. This bust captured all her beauty even though one of the eyes was damaged. The famous bust of Nefertiti was displayed at the museum of Berlin in the 1920’s. The queen's bust became known around the world.[5]


  1. James Allen, Middle Egyptian, (Cambridge University Press), 2004.
  2. Dodson, Aidan 2009. Amarna sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian counter-reformation. The American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 978-977-416-304-3
  3. "Nefertiti – Beautiful and Powerful Queen of Ancient Egypt". Osiris Tours - Luxury Travel | Private Guided Tours. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  4. "Nefertiti was no pharaoh, says renowned Egyptologist". Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Nefertiti". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 December 2019.

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