Lady ThuyaMalkata Nobles - The Nobles - The People
Mother of Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye; Grandmother of Pharaoh Akhenaten; Great Grandmother of Pharaoh Tutankhamun; and Mother of Pharaoh Ay
Thuya is understood to be a descendant of Queen Ahmose Nefertari, who, with her husband Pharaoh Ahmose I, were the founders of the 18th Dynasty. So she would have been part of the extended Royal Family and would have occupied a position within the Royal Court before she married and had a family of her own.
She married the Noble Yuya who owned an Estate in the Town of Akhmim, Upper Egypt, where he retained a good status within the local nobility. He was known to be a Prophet of God Min who ruled the deities in the area, and he was granted the role of “Superintendent of Cattle” for the Deity.
His parents or family are not known to date, but it is thought that his ancestry may stem from outside of Egypt but that Yuya himself was at least 4th generation Egyptian born. For more information about Yuya, click here.
- Tiye – later to become Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye who was married to Pharaoh Amenhotep III. She made Thuya the grandmother to Pharaoh Akhenaten and great-grandmother to Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Click here to learn more about Thuya’s daughter, Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye.
- Anen – later to become Chancellor of Lower Egypt, Second Prophet of Amun, Sem Priest of Heliopolis and the Title Divine Father by Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Click here to learn more about Thuya’s son, the Noble Anen.
- Ay – potentially was also Yuya and Thuya’s Son. If so, he later went on to become Vizier to Pharaoh Akhenaten and Pharaoh Tutankhamun; and then Pharaoh himself. Click here to learn more about Thuya’s second son, Pharaoh Ay.
“Singer of Hathor”
“Chief of the Entertainers for the God Amun”
“Chief of the Entertainers for the God Min”
“Superintendent of the Harem for the God Min of Akhmim”
“Superintendent of the Harem for the God Amun of Thebes”
Lady Thuya died in her early 50s. She was buried in Tomb KV46 in the Valley of the Kings. She was joined here by her husband approx. 7 years later. They were laid to rest together for eternity. Regrettably the Tomb was robbed in antiquity but on its discovery in 1905 it was the most intact and magnificently preserved of Tombs, only outshone by the Tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. For full details about their Tomb, click here.
Top Left: Relief of Musicians playing instruments for a Festival
Top Right: Relief of Goddess Hathor
Bottom Left: Relief of Pharaoh making an offering to God Min
Image Right: Gilded Mummy Mask of Lady Thuya
Image Below: Statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye