Aya (queen)

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Aya was an Ancient Egyptian king's wife of the Thirteenth Dynasty (between 1803 and 1649 BCE).[1]

She is known from two sources. Aya appears on a stela now in Würzburg.[2] From this source it is clear that she was part of an influential family of high court officials and was related to the Vizier Ankhu.[1][3]

She also appears in the Papyrus Boulaq 18.[2] This is an administrative account belonging to the Theban palace of a Thirteenth Dynasty king. It was found in the tomb of the scribe of the great enclosure Neferhotep. The name of the king in this papyrus is only partly preserved.[1] Many scholars read the remains as Sobekhotep II, although other dispute that reading.[1] Other suggestions include King Sehetepkare Intef and King Imyremeshaw.[2] Therefore, there is some doubt over the identification of Aya's husband.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e K.S.B. Ryholt, The Political Situation in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period (Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications, vol. 20. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997), p. 243-245
  2. ^ a b c Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004.
  3. ^ Wolfram Grajetzki, Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary. London, Golden House Publications, 2005, p.36 ISBN 0-9547218-9-6