Head of Queen Tiye with Large Wig

Head of Queen Tiye with Large Wig
Head of Queen Tiye with Large Wig. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. CG609

The head probably belongs to Queen Tiye, wife of King Amenhotep III and mother of Akhenaten, based on her distinguished features. The queen wears a large wig on top of which is the remains of a circular base that was used to support a crown. The wig is decorated with three uraei, or royal cobras, with undulating bodies, lotus flowers, and sunbeams.

Despite the damage to the face, her features can be clearly seen. Her oval face has high cheekbones and narrow, almond-shaped eyes. She has the full mouth of a determined and serious woman with a noble spirit. Her lips are smiling, revealing her lovely personality.

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1391-1353 BC. Black granite. Provence unknown. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. CG609

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