believe that perhaps Akhenaten was born with deformities that
hindered his role as king. One of the ailments that was believed
he had was bad vision. This illness could have made his job
difficult, in turn, he could have put trust into Nefertiti
allowing her to decide many important matters. He trusted her so
much, that he went as far as placing her name next to his in his
royal cartouche. This was very unique and could have symbolized
her as equal status next to Akhenaten.
show the couple side by side often with their children in a
utopic fashion. In one stela, found in Tell el Amarna, the
couple is seated together. Akhenaten is giving his daughter an
earring while his wife Nefertiti has the other two daughters on
her lap. In this depiction, the queen is having a wonderful time
and is shown in a loving manner with her husband and children.
Both are shown as equal counterparts in their status and family
The Disappearance of Nefertiti
years into the Amarna Period Nefertiti disappears. She could
have simply died of a terminal illness; however, many refuse to
think so. Little is known about her disappearance due the damage
caused by Akhenaten’s successors. It seems they wanted no memory
of his existence and that included memories of Queen Nefertiti.
Everything was destroyed or buried in the sands of Egypt. Though
very little evidence has survived, it has still sparked theories
as to how she disappeared.
The first theory
suggests she became unfavorable to Akhenaten. During her reign
as queen she had six daughters. All were cherished, expect a
male heir was needed to inherit the throne. Possibly Akhenaten
worried a son would never be born and he looked else ware, in
turn, dismissing Queen Nefertiti.
The second theory
suggests she became co-regent to Akhenaten and helped him rule
Egypt. After she disappears from historical records, a new
co-regent is recorded to rule with Akhenaten by the name of
Smenkhare. Many have decaled Smenkhare to be Nefertiti and
believe she went to great lengths similar to that of Hatshepsut—dressing
as male to be accepted as a pharaoh.
The final theory
suggests that she could have tried to save the throne by marring
a foreign king. Sometime during the end of the Amarna Period a
stone tablet recorded the death of the king; this was sent to
the Hittites. The queen who had the tablets prepared asked for
the king to send a son to Egypt so she may be married. She
requested it be prompt as she did not want to marry any
servants. The king of the Hittites did send a son, but he was
assonated on his journey to marry the queen. This theory has
been tied to both Nefertiti and Though we’ll