Queen Tiye

Queen Tiye

Date ca. 1352 BCE

Movement Egyptian | New Kingdom | 18th Dynasty

Medium Yew, ebony, glass, silver, gold, lapis lazuli, cloth, clay, and wax

Dimensions height 3.75”

Provenance Karnak, Thebes

Housed at Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Ägyptisches Museum


While some features highlight idealized forms of beauty, like the smooth cheek and brow planes, others, like the downturned lips, subtly hint an aged mother of Akhenaten. Tiye was originally adorned with a silver headdress and golden cobras – the marks of funerary goddesses; these were later covered, however, with a wig of cloth and glass beads and a plumed crown; some scholars believe this was Akhenaten’s doing as he imposed monotheistic views upon becoming pharaoh.