2014/10/20

Queen Tiye

This fragment of relief, showing the profile of Queen Tiye, comes from one of the walls of tomb of the 'chief of the royal harem' Userhat (TT47), one of the tombs of the Nobles at Thebes. It was purchased at a public sale in Paris by Jean Capart in 1905.

The portrait of the wife of Amenhotep III was made in a very traditional but highly refined style. Her natural hair, a lock of which appears between her ear and eyebrow, is covered by a tripartite wig. Only the lower part of the traditional crown of queens is preserved.

Queen Tiye



Her diadem is decorated at front with two protective uraei representing Upper Egpyt and Lower Egypt, and at the rear with a falcon in place of the more usual vulture. In her hand Tiye holds a lotus.

The Scribe Ta kneeling In front of Anubis

A bald-headed man is depicted at the right hand side, kneeling on the left knee before the jackal god Anubis, who is on his shrine. The man, who according to the inscription is the scribe Ta, wears a long robe and a long kilt with a pleated apron, and raises his hands in adoration. Anubis wears a kind of collar with ribbons or a narrow sash around the neck.

The Scribe Ta kneeling In front of Anubis


An Eye of Horus is depicted above his back. In front of him are a libation jar in a basin and a bouquet of lotus plants. The text consists of seven vertical columns above the scene and one horizontal line above the scribe.<BR>The representations are finely carved in bas relief.