Nefertiti – Egypt’s Royal Enigma
.By Anthony HolmesThe look on Nefertiti’s face is charming to behold,Her beauty is exquisite and her glance serene and bold.A sculpture of her blue-crowned head is kept in Berlin’s hall,And people come from round the world to gaze at her in thrall.They wonder who the lady is with beauty so divine,Did she emerge from ancient times with features as sublime?Where was her home? In Rome or Greece, or Crete’s attractive isle?They are surprised when they are told she lived along the Nile.Was she a native of that land? Perhaps she came from far.She does not look like all the rest, Egyptian folk of Ra.Her name’s translation indicates ‘The Beautiful has Come’,But on the place from whence she came, our history is mum. So let us study what she did and who her parents were;Where she lived and who she wed; who really cared for her.Perhaps her name provides a clue? It’s doubtful that it’s so.One wouldn’t name a child to mean that she had far to go.The likely meaning of her name is that she came at lastTo parents who had waited long, while childless years had passed.Eventually a girl was born, to heal the parents’ woe.“At last,” they said, “Beauty has Come,” and we will name her so.The sense of Egypt’s future Queen, her Nefertiti name,Does not imply she was from far, but that, at last, she came.Perhaps you disagree with this. So be it if you do.Present a better case to me and I will listen too.Some have said she was the child of Ay and Lady Ti,It’s possible of course we know, and it makes sense to me.The name by which they called old Ay, “God’s Father” was the one,Is not related to the fact he may have had a son.Tradition of the time suggests the title may have beenIn honor of his status as the father of the queen.But why not Lady Ti as well? The honour’s Ay’s alone.Perhaps the Lady Ti had died before her child had grown.We’ll work on the presumption that her parents have been foundAnd that Akhmim, their ancient home was Nefertiti’s town.She didn’t have so far to go to meet up with her spouse,The prince called Amunhotep from Egypt’s royal house.Before her husband’s father died, their family had grown;Three daughters had been born to them before he took the throne.As Amunhotep he was crowned to people’s great acclaim;Four years on he changed his faith and with it changed his name. Nefertiti’s loving King was Aten’s acolyte:He took the name Akhenaten, and readied for a fight.The priests of Amun were his foe, his hatred for them grew.He told them all their Gods were dead. He moved to pastures new.So Nefertiti moved with him and took the mighty risk To live at Akhet-Aten, Horizon of the Disk.To daughters three she had three more, but no son could she bear;And Akhenaten’s gravest fear was he would have no heir.A King without an heir is like a ship without a sail; No matter what the monarch tried his quest seemed doomed to fail.He cast aside his faithful wife and sought another one,And took to bed his daughter and tried to make a son.But she too failed and bore a girl, and she was cast aside.He tried again with number three, his second having died.But she was also void of sons and was the last in line.The only son he ever made was with a concubine.The boy was Tutankhamun, and you all know his fate.He counted up his daughters, in total there were eight.So where did Nefertiti go? We do not know for sure.The Beauty which had Come was gone, and not seen any more.