Coregency Stela

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The Coregency Stela is the name given to seven limestone stela-fragments which were found in a tomb at Amarna. The stela dates from the late Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and shows the figures of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and Meritaten. At some time after the stela was made, Nefertiti's name had been chiselled out and was replaced with Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten, the name of Akhenaten's co-regent. At the same time Meritaten's name was replaced with that of Ankhesenpaaten, Akhenaten and Nefertiti's third daughter.

The stela might shed light on the events of the little-known late-Amarna Period and the question of Akhenaten's immediate succession.[1] Restoration and interpretation of the stela vary, but it has been suggested that it supports the claim that Nefertiti should be identified as Akhenaten co-regent and successor.[2]

The stela is currently in the Petrie Museum, in London.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James H. Allen. "The Amarna Succession". Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  2. ^ Nicholas Reeves. "Book Review: Rolf Krauss, Das Ende der Amarnazeit (Hildesheimer Ägyptologische Beiträge, 1978)". Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Stelae UC410". Petrie Museum. Retrieved 2008-06-22.