Text by Tetisheri Mentuhotep and Ankhsati
I am Lady Mutnodjmet,|
thought to be the daughter of Ay and his wife, Tey making me a younger half-sister to the famous Nefertiti. Although my name has a Theban ring to it (Mutnodjmet means 'The Goddesss Mut is the Sweet One', 'Sweet Mother' or 'Sweet One of Mut', and Mut is the divine consort of the very Theban God, Amun) I am represented at Amarna in relief, and in the tomb of my supposed father, Ay. I am called 'The Sister of the King's Great Wife' and am occasionally shown accompanying Nefertiti's three eldest daughters, my nieces Meritaten, Meketaten, and Ankhesenpaaten. Other times, I am shown in the company of two court dwarfs.
I met my greatest prominence as the Great Wife of General-turned-King Horemheb. I was the last even remotely royal person left after my father's reign as Pharaoh, and Horemheb's marriage to me may have been the point that legtimized his claim to the throne.
I, Queen Mutnodjmet, died in year 13 or 14 of my husband's rule, when I was around the age of 35 or 40. My mummy was found in King Horemheb's unused Memphite tomb along with the mummy of a still-born, premature infant. My mummy suggests that I had been through child birth several times, but still, the last King of the 18th dynasty did not have a living heir. The presence of the infant along with me in the tomb suggests to some that the last Great Royal Wife of the 18th Dynasty died in childbirth.