Egyptian Art

Papyrus Paintings depicting Egyptian Queens

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Egyptian Art showing pictures of Ancient Egyptian Queens. Many of these pieces are copied from original paintings found on tomb walls and from inside Egypt's pyramids.

These beautiful works of art are available to purchase from Egyptian Dreams, a company specialising in supplying gifts from Ancient Egypt.

Hand Painted Papyrus of Queen Nefertari
Hand Painted Papyrus of Horus and Nefertari Hand Painted Papyrus of Isis and Nefertari Hand Painted Papyrus of Isis and Nefertari Hand Painted Papyrus of Re-Horakhty and Nefertari

Nefertari was the favourite wife of Ramesses II, the first of eight that he married during his long reign of 67 years. Nefertari seems to have belonged to a high-ranking family but was not herself royal. It is thought she originated from Thebes as she is always called 'Beloved of Mut', Mut being an important goddess in the Theban area. Although given the title 'Mother of the King' and had several sons, they all seem to have died before their father.

Hand Painted Papyrus of Queen Hatshepsut
Hand Painted Papyrus of Queen Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut was the female pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. For a woman to rule Egypt for over 20 years was extremely unusual.

She was the daughter of Tuthmosis I and was married to her half-brother, Tuthmosis II. On his untimely death, his heir was his son by a secondary wife, but as the young Tuthmosis III was still a child, Hatshepsut became regent and ruled on his behalf for about seven years, before proclaiming herself king and ruling jointly with him for a further 14 years.

Although she was a woman, she projected her official image as that of a pharaoh and even wore the royal false beard.

Hand Painted Papyrus of Nefertiti
Hand Painted Papyrus of Queen Nefertiti

Famed throughout the ancient world for her outstanding beauty, queen Nefertiti remains one of the most well known of the queens of Egypt. Nefertiti was the Wife of Akhenaten during the Eighteenth Dynasty. She bore Akhenaten 6 daughters and no sons, and shared a near co-rulership with the king. Fifteen years after her appointment to the position of Queen of Memphis, Nefertiti mysteriously disappeared. Egyptologists have assumed that this was either due to banishment or her death. However, little evidence suggests that she actually died. Similarly, speculation exists as to whether she was the obscure pharaoh Nefernefuaten.

The available evidence suggests that she was not an Egyptian, a striking departure, for the Egyptian Royal House which, to keep the line pure and to follow the example of Isis and Osiris, usually married the princes and the princesses to each other.

Hand Painted Papyrus of Egyptian Queens
Hand Painted Papyrus of Queen Cleopatra VII

Cleopatra VII was born in 69 BC in Alexandria, which was then the capital of Egypt. She was the last pharaoh of Egypt. After her death Egypt became a Roman province.

Cleopatra was 17 or 18 when she became the queen of Egypt. She was far from beautiful, despite her glamorous image today. She is depicted on ancient coins with a long hooked nose and masculine features. Yet she was clearly a very seductive woman. She had an enchantingly musical voice and exuded charisma. She was also highly intelligent. She spoke nine languages (she was the first Ptolemy pharaoh who could actually speak Egyptian!) and proved to be a shrewd politician.


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