Talk:Neferneferuaten Tasherit

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Neferneferuaten Tasherit[edit]

Princess Neferneferuaten Ta-Sherit ("The Little Beauty of the Beauties of Aten") is the fourth daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, and probably the first Princess to be born at the new capital of Akhet-Aten (Amarna).

So, in a way, she is the first 'Amarna' Princess who has been born in 1344 B.C.-- the sixth year of her parents' reign over Ancient Egypt, and she was said to be one of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

She was actually named after her mother, the Great Royal Wife whose full name is Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti.

The Neferneferuaten aspect means something along the lines of 'Beautiful are athe Beauties of Aten' and the Ta-Sherit has been translated as 'Junior', 'The Younger' or even 'The little'.

She also had five sisters in the royal Egyptian family bloodline: just three elder sisters named Princess Meritaten, Princess Meketaten, and Princess Ankhesenpaaten and two younger sisters, Princess Neferneferure and Setepenre.

Nobody knew that her tragic fate is uncertain. Many believe that most of the other princesses and their sister had died before their father, the Pharaoh did, but they really have no way of knowing at this point.

Nefernefruaten's only title was the "King's Royal Daughter of His Body Whom He Loves, Born to the King’s Great Royal Wife, Nefernefruaten-Nefertiti, may she live for all eternity." But at least one inscription (which was possibly the ancient equivelent of a typo) gave her the title 'King's Great Royal Wife' as well.

The "Ta-Sherit" meaning "little" (or junior) was necessary because not only Nefernefruaten was also one of Nefertiti's names, and the prenomen of one of the myserious "Ankh(et)kheperures".

The fate of this Amarna Princess is anonymously unknown until it shall be revealed.

She is shown with her sisters Meritaten and Ankhesenpaaten mourning the death of Meketaten in the fourth year of Akhenaton's reign, her two younger sisters, Nefernefrure and Setepenre,are missing from this scene and may have already died. Some have theorized that Nefernefruaten was married to a foreign king, but that seems unlikely based on Egypt's political scene: foriegn princesses were always sent to Egypt, but Egyptian princesses were never sent to a foriegn nation. Nefernefruaten most likely died at Akhet-Aten, before Tutankhaten and Ankhesenpaaten came to the throne.