Papyrus Paintings depicting Egyptian Queens
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
from Ancient Egypt.
Painted Papyrus of Queen 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.
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
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
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.
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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