126: The Death of Tiye

Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 1.

Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 1. Around year 12 of Akhenaten, the Queen Mother Tiye died. She journeyed to the West at the age of 60, having been a powerful influence for more than fifty years. Tiye is a monumental figure, literally, in the history of ancient Egypt. In this episode, we do her honour, and explore her legacy following her death.


126. Tiye Logo 2

Tiye at Amarna

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The Amarna Royal Tomb, plan.
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The Burial Chamber of the Royal Tomb (Photo Chris Ward 2019).
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The Burial Chamber, looking towards the place where Tiye was probably buried (Photo Chris Ward 2019).

KV55: Tiye in the Valley of the Kings

126b. KV55 (Davis 1910) frontispiece
The KV55 sepulchre (bottom right) in the Valley of the Kings (Davis 1910).
126b. KV55 (Davis 1910) plate xxvi
KV55 when opened (Davis 1910).
126b. KV55 (Davis 1910) plate iv - Copy
Some of the burial goods (Davis 1910).
126b. KV55 (Davis 1910) plate xxxii
Part of Tiye’s shrine; Akhenaten has been erased (Davis 1910).
126b. KV55 (Davis 1910) plate iv - Copy - Copy
The ankh-shaped vessel from KV55 (Davis 1910).
D18-A3 Tiye Cairo (4)
A small statue of Tiye (Cairo; Dominic Perry 2019).
D18-A3 Tiye Cairo Dyad (2)
Colossus of Amunhotep III and Tiye (Cairo; Dominic Perry 2019).


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tahya says:

    Greetings Dominic,

    I was excited to listen to your presentation around Tiye. Long have I been fascinated with her! I carved out the time to listen today and lo and behold was that my shimmering systrum at the onset?!!?

    Looking forward to Part II and in the meantime, clearly, I also need to go back to Episoden 120 … and 107….

    Shimmering Systrum blessings,



    Tahya | Dancer, Drummer, Designer of the Ceremonial Systrum(tm) http://www.Tahya.com http://www.HathorSystrum.com [17]

    _Let the Beauty You Love_ _Be What You do_

    – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmi

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thank you Tahya, I’m glad you enjoyed the episode 🙂 Looking forward to collaborating with you in future!

  2. Martin Morrison says:

    The usual link to the audio file “Stream Online and Download Directly (Save As mp3)” is missing from this episode.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Martin, those links will no longer be appearing on the website moving forward. This is a response to situations where people have taken the mp3s and used them without my consent in ways that I would not have agreed with, had they asked. If you only listen to the show by downloading mp3s from the website, please email me at egyptpodcast@gmail.com. Alternatively, many podcasting apps (e.g. Google, Apple, Spotify, Lyceum, Castbox etc) allow you to download the file to your phone for temporary use.

      Hope this helps,
      Dominic Perry

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