Egyptian Queen Nefertari and Goddess Isis Wall Relief from Luxor
Tomb of Nefertari, Valley of the Queens. Luxor, Egypt 1270 B.C. The tomb of Nefertari, from which this wall fragment comes, is the largest architectural and decorative enterprise ever dedicated to a Pharaoh’s wife. Nefertari was the chief Queen and favorite wife of Ramses II. The name Nefertari means “the most beautiful of them”. Ramses II devoted the minor temple of Abu Simbel to the Goddess Hathor and dedicated it to Nefertari. There, identified with the Goddess, Nefertari intensely participated in the divine cult. Nefertari gave Ramses II his firstborn son as well as three other sons and two daughters. Nefertari died in her forties. Nefertari, with a beautiful white ceremonial garb receives the breath of life from Isis, the Mother Goddess. The hieroglyphics inscription gives the name of the Queen and her titles as well as the one from Isis: “Isis, Lady of Heaven, Great Royal Wife, Nefertari-Mery-En-Mut. Justified”. Size: 24.5"H x 11.5"W (62 x 29 cm)
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