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The Amarna Succession

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The scene of foreign tribute in the tomb of Merire II at Amarna, often called the "durbar," provides the last clear view of the Amarna Period before the accession of Tutankhamun. Dated to the second month of Akhenaten's twelfth regnal year, it shows Akhenaten and Nefertiti together with their six daughters, Meritaten, Meke taten, Ankhes enpaaten, Neferneferuaten Jr., Neferne ferure, and Setepenre. A relief found at Memphis, apparently showing a male king behind a larger figure, has often been cited as evidence of a coregency between Smenkhkare (as the smaller figure) and Akhenaten (as the larger). Among Akhenaten, Neferneferuaten, and Smenkh kare, the first seems a priori the likeliest candidate for Tutankhamun's parent, and is generally considered as such.

Keywords: Akhenaten; Amarna succession; Neferneferuaten; Setepenre; Smenkhkare; Tutankhamun

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