Neferneferure

Princess Neferneferuré - the 5th daughter of Pharaoh Aknhenaten and Queen Nefertiti.


This is a biography of the little-known Princess Neferneferuré of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt's New Kingdom.   In truth, we know relatively about her as she disappears aged 5 or 6.


Neferneferuré's name is translated in various ways (and sometimes spelt Neferneferura or Neferneferure instead of with an é) but my personal favourite is "Exquiiste Beauty of the Sun".  She is the fifth of the six daughters of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, probably born in Amarna (Akhetaten) during Akhenaten's ninth regnal year.  There are few records of her, and the image is one of the few depictions, tentatively believed to be Neferneferure and her elder sister, Neferneferuaten Tasherit.  There is nothing recorded of her after about her sixth birthday, the age at which Amarna princesses started taking an active role in court life, and when her presence should have been recorded.  It is probable that she died aged 5 or 6.  


One of the minor treasures found in Tutankhamun's tomb (KV62) was the lid of a box with Neferneferure's name in hieroglyphics.  The box itself was missing and was probably not buried with Tutankhamun.  We don't know whether it's inclusion was intended as a keepsake for Tutankhamun in his afterlife, an act of love and devotion from Neferneferure's sister, Tutankhamun's wife, Ankhensenamun, or just a chance inclusion, recycled from another tomb in the haste to assemble grave goods.  Personally, I believe that Ankhensenamun was passionately in love with Tutankhamun and included a deeply treasured momento of her sister Nefernefure, then dead ten years or more, as an act of devotion and grief.



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