Queen Ankhesenamun was a queen of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt. She was the third of six known daughters of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten and his Great Royal Wife Nefertiti, and became the Great Royal Wife of her half-brother Tutankhamun.
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There is little known about Ankhese-namun (meaning “She lives through Amun”). She was approx. thirteen years old when she married Tutankhamun who was most likely her half-brother.
The hand of Ankhesenamun rests protectively upon the back of her husband and half-brother Pharaoh Tutankhamun, in this statue at Karnak Temple. The penultimate ruler of the Eighteenth Dynasty, King Aye, probably married the young queen to legitimize his claim to the throne.