Nefertiti was one of hundreds of princesses brought to give birth to sons and alone to meet old age … But fate gave her a unique chance …
1. The mystery of the royal origin of the “beautiful girl”.
As it became known, Nefertiti (Nefertiti) was born in 1370 BC. But Egyptologists can not come to a single answer to the question, where and in what family she was born.
Most believe that the very name of the queen conceals the secret of her origin. Nefertiti is translated from Egyptian as “a beautiful woman”, meaning she came to Egypt from another region. There was a version that Nefertiti was the daughter of King Tushratta and Queen Juni from neighboring Mitanya – a kingdom in Mesopotamia, where the legendary arias lived. Parents called the princess Tadukhipa (Tadukhipa) and brought her up in the tradition of the monotheistic Aryan religion, which taught to worship the sun as the only deity.
Probably 12-year-old Taduchepa was sent by her father to Egypt as a gift for Pharaoh Amenhotep III in the “House of Ornaments” (harem) and became one of hundreds of foreign princesses brought to give birth to the lord of sons and alone to meet old age …
But fate gave her a unique chance …
2. The mystery of the brilliant marriage Nefertiti.
Soon after the arrival of Nefertiti Amenhotep III went to a different world, and by tradition all the wives of the pharaoh had to be sacrificed and buried with the ruler. But the son of the late, young Amenhotep IV, saved Nefertiti from death and made his wife. It’s not hard to guess that a strong love pushed the young man to such a bold step. Each state order, he signed an oath in the eternal love of God and Nefertiti.
The husband called the queen “the mistress of joy that pacifies heaven and earth with a sweet voice and kindness” and “a heartfelt good fortune.”
3. The mystery of the perfect beauty of the queen.
Plastic surgeons copy the cut of her eyes, the shape of her lips and nose, the women of fashion repeat the make-up of the famous queen, and the designers create flying dresses, sandals and ethnic jewelry, both in her portraits …
The famous bust of Nefertiti, which the German archaeologist Ludwig Borchard unearthed in the desert in 1912, is considered a true miracle of world art. Borchard secretly brought the artifact to Germany and gave it to the Berlin Museum. Egyptian authorities demanded to return the find, threatening the death curse of Nefertiti. The Germans rudely refused, and then the fascist leader took the statue to his bunker and, they say, looked at the silent beauty day and night.
Nowadays, sculpture is still stored in the Berlin Museum, but the German authorities gradually began to give Egypt a cultural heritage, and, perhaps, soon Nefertiti will return home!
So, how did the ancient master depict his queen: charming brown-green eyes, thick black eyebrows, sensual full lips, graceful nose, strong cheekbones, swan neck and miniature figure – Nefertiti looks simply flawless.
But, like any fashionista, the queen knew how to become even more attractive: she painted nails with henna or liquid gold, took baths with sea salt, rubbed into the skin of aroma powder, powdered powder from crushed minerals, looked at antimony, smeared her lips with berry sweets, wore translucent linen dresses-kalazirisy and spectacular jewelry (in each earlobe two earrings). The wife of the pharaoh adored wigs with braids, multicolored locks and shiny clasps, having in her collection hundreds of hair.
4. The secret of the boundless power of Nefertiti.
Nefertiti was a virtuoso in politics and the ability to convince: she renamed herself Nefer Nefer Aton (“beautiful beauty Aton”), advised her husband to abandon the gods of her ancestors and accept her religion by proclaiming the only God – solar Aton, after which Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten (“pleasing to Aton”) and built Ahetaton – the new capital in the Sahara. Pharaoh declared his wife a co-ruler and ordered her to execute any of her orders. Nefertiti decided to destroy the ancient temples and begin persecutions against the priests of the old faith.
The people silently accepted a new religion and prayed with sunrise at every dawn. The queen often went out to the palace balcony and showered the Egyptians with gold coins, convincing that these were Aton’s gifts, and on holidays she artistically performed before the subjects, literally hypnotizing the crowd with her speeches.
But in private life Nefertiti became a victim of circumstances: the ruling spouses one after another were born daughters, and when the sixth baby appeared, Akhenaten made the difficult decision to take a new wife. She became a young Kiya, who gave birth to the pharaoh “golden boy” of Tutankhamun, thereby ensuring the continuation of the XVIII dynasty. And Nefertiti had to leave the palace and live outside the city, educating Tutankhamun as the heir to the throne. A year later, the yearning Pharaoh returned his first wife to his quarters, but they were not destined to live in the palace very long …
5. The mystery of the early death and immortal glory of the beautiful queen.
Soon the expelled priests united and committed a religious revolution. The 40-year-old Akhenaten was blinded and then executed, 35-year-old Nefertiti managed to rule for some time as a pharaoh under the name of Smenkhkar, but eventually the queen was still killed. The rebellious priests destroyed the temples of Aton, destroyed the city of Ahetatone and all the bas-reliefs of the royal family found. The tomb of Nefertiti was stolen, and the body was mercilessly disfigured, oblivious to the millennia.
Only after thirty-three centuries, her image rose from the ashes, like a phoenix, and made me think about what is real wisdom and beauty ?!
And in 2003, the British archaeologist Joanne Fletcher (Dr. Joann Fletcher) told the world that she had found the mummy Nefertiti. Scientists conducted a number of digital studies and found that the appearance of a mummified stranger completely coincides with the image of Nefertiti on ancient sculptures!