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  • Name Tey  
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    • «b»

      Tey «/b»was the wife of «u»Kheperkheprure Ay «/u» (occasionally "Aya"), who was the penultimate «u»pharaoh «/u» of Ancient «u»Egypt«/u»'s «u»18th dynasty «/u». She was also the wetnurse of Queen «u»Nefertiti «/u».«u»[1]
      Her husband, Ay filled an important role in the courts of several pharaohs \endash «u»Amenhotep III «/u», «u»Akhenaten «/u» and «u»Tutankhamen «/u» \endash , before ascending the throne himself, as the male line of the royal family became extinct. He is believed to be connected to the royal family; he was likely a brother of Queen «u»Tiye «/u» (wife of Amenhotep III), the father of Nefertiti (wife of Akhenaten) and a grandfather of «u»Ankhesenamen «/u» (wife of Tutankhamen).

      On inscriptions from the Amarna period Tey is called "nurse of the Great Royal Wife". This indicates that even if Ay was Nefertiti's father, as he is usually believed to be, Tey was not her mother; according to this theory she was possibly the second wife of Ay after Nefertiti's mother died.«u»[2]«/u» It is likely that «u»Mutnedjmet «/u», who married «u»Horemheb «/u», Ay's successor on the throne, was their daughter, since on Amarna inscriptions she is called "sister of the Great Royal Wife".«u»[3]«/u» It is also possible that Ay's intended successor, «u»Nakhtmin «/u», was his son, possibly by Tey.«u»[4]«/u» Tey had a sister called Mutemnub.«u»[5]
      She is depicted in her husband's unused Amarna tomb and later in his tomb in the «u»Valley of Kings «/u», also, in a rock chapel dedicated to «u»Min «/u» in «u»Akhmim [1]

      1.«/b» ^ «u»«sup»«b»«i»a«/u»«/sup»«/b»«/i» «u»«sup»«b»«i»b«/u»«/sup»«/b»«/i» Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson (2004) «u»ISBN 0-500-05128-3 «/u», p.157
      «u»«b»2. ^«/u»«/b» Dodson & Hilton, pp.36,147
      «u»«b»3. ^«/u»«/b» Dodson & Hilton, pp.153, 155-156
      «u»«b»4. ^«/u»«/b» Dodson & Hilton, pp.151-153
      «u»«b»5. ^«/u»«/b» Dodson & Hilton, p.155
    Person ID I61741  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Family Ay,   d. Between 1319 and 1323 B.C. 
     1. Nefertiti, queen,   b. Abt 1370 B.C.,   d. Abt 1330 B.C.
     2. Mutnedjmet,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F551617778  Group Sheet

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