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Queen Tiye’s Mummy Revealed: Why Is It Said That Egyptian Queen Tiye Was Black When Artwork Depicts Her As White?

Originally Answered: Why do people say that Egyptian queen tiye was black when her artwork depicted her white?

Some people say that Egyptian Queen Tiye was black because they draw their conclusion off of the unpainted, darkened yew wood bust of her that she was black. They don’t look at her mummy that has natural, free flowing, straight/wav

Brown hair, a high-bridged, arched nose, and moderately thin lips. They also don’t look at her parent’s mummies. They also probably haven’t been informed about her DNA, which is haplogroup K, that is of Eurasian origin.

Portrait Head of Queen Tiye with a Crown of Two Feathers, c. 1355 B.C.E., Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, Egypt, yew wood, lapis lazuli, silver, gold, faience, 22.5 cm high (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection at the Neues Museum, Berlin)

Queen Tiye holds a significant place in ancient Egyptian history as the matriarch of a royal lineage that played a pivotal role in the 18th dynasty. Born in the 14th century BCE, Tiye’s familial connections and influence spanned generations, leaving an indelible mark on the legacy of the Egyptian pharaohs.

Born to Yuya and Tuya, who were non-royal but held esteemed positions in Egyptian society, Tiye’s ascent to prominence began when she married Amenhotep III, one of Egypt’s powerful pharaohs. Her marriage to Amenhotep III was not only a union of love but also a strategic alliance that strengthened the king’s legitimacy.