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High Ranking Officials from the Amarna Period

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:11 pm    Post subject: High Ranking Officials from the Amarna Period Reply with quote

The highest ranking posts were held by:

Vizier :
Ramose, Aperel, and Nakht(paaten)
King’s Son of Kush
Thutmose
Overseer of the Prophets in Upper and Lower Egypt.
Ramose (Chief of the Prophets of North and South – at least under Amenhotep III?)
High Priest of Aten
Meryre I (Greatest of seers of the Aten in Akhet-Aten)
Pawah, Greatest of Seers of the Aten in the house of Re
High Priest of Amun
Maya, High Priest of Amen until year 4
High Priest of Ptah in Memphis
?
Overseer of the Treasury
Sutau
Tutu (Overseer of gold and silver of the Lord of the Two Lands)
Overseer of the Granary
?
Advisors (fan-bearers,sole companions, etc)
Ahmose, Meryre I, Aye, May
Army
Ramose (General of the Lord of the Two Lands )
May (General of the Lord of the Two Lands)
Paatenemheb (General of the Lord of the Two Lands)
Aye (Chief of Archers, The commander of all the horses of his Person)
Nekhu-em-pa-Aten,( master of the horse)
Ranofer (the master of the horse of the entire stable)
Mahu Chief of the Medjay (police) of Akhetaten
Stewards
Ahmose (Steward in the house of Akhenaten)
Tutu Chamberlain of the Lord of the Two Lands
Paatenemheb (Steward of the Lord of the Two Lands)
Meryre II (Steward of Nefertiti)
Huya (Steward of Queen Tiye)
Apy, Steward
May (Steward of Waenre (Akhenaten) in Heliopolis)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The private Tombs at Amarna

Northern Tombs
1. Huya, the favorite of the Lord of the Two Lands, the overseer of the royal quarters of the Great King’s Wife Tiye, treasurer and steward in the house of the King’s Chief Wife, Tiye.
In the tomb we see Baketaten with her mother Tiye.
Huya is also appointed as standard-bearer of the troop of young fighters called “Aten Appears for him”. In other scenes he is shown overseeing the craftsmen and others who serve under him. Mentioned in the tomb are the scribe of the House of Charm, Nakhtiu and the Overseer of the sculptors of the king’s chief wife Tite, named Iuti-Iuti.
Huya also mentions his wife Wenher, and his mother Tuy. In other scenes there is mention of two possible sisters of Huya, by the name of Nebet and Kherpu(t).

2. Meryre (II) The king’s scribe, Overseer of the houses in the royal quarters of the Great Royal Wife Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti, steward.
On the east wall of the main chamber is a scene depicting the tribute of “the chieftains of every foreign land”. Akhenaten and Nefertiti are shown sitting on a throne in a kiosk with all six of their daughters standing behind them. This tribute takes place in year 12 (second month of the seed season, day 8, to be precise).

3. Ahmose The sealbearer of the King of Lower Egypt, The sole companion, the attendant of the Lord of the Two Lands., the favorite of the good god, true king’s scribe, , Steward in the house of Akhenaten, Overseer of the front hall of the Lord of the Two Lands (=court of justice?), Fanbearer at the right hand of the king.

4. Meryre (I) Greatest of seers of the Aten in Akhet-Aten, Fanbearer on the right of the king, one praised by the Lord of the Two Lands, the sealbearer of the King of Lower Egypt, the sole companion. His wife Tenro was a great favorite of the Lady of the Two Lands.

5. Pentu The sealbearer of the King of Lower Egypt, the sole companion, the attendant of the Lord of the Two Lands, the favorite of the good god, king’s scribe, the king’s subordinate, First servant of the Aten in the mansion of the Aten in Akhetaten, Chief of physicians, chamberlain

6. Panhesy, First servant of the Aten in the house of Aten in Akhet-Aten, Second prophet of the Lord of the Two Lands Neferkheprure-Waenre (Akhenaten), the sealbearer of the King of Lower Egypt. Overseer of the storehouse of the Aten in Akhetaten, Overseer of cattle of the Aten in Akhet-Aten.
On one of the ceilings Panehesy mentions receiving gold from the king for doing a great thing for his lady, the king’s daughter.
Panehesy’s wife was named Iabka.

Southern Tombs
7. Parennefer pure handed cupbearer of the king’s Person,
His wife (name lost) a favorite of the King’s Chief Wife Neferneferuaten Nefertiti.

8. Tutu Chamberlain of the Lord of the Two Lands, the overseer of all that the Lord of the Two Lands, Overseer of gold and silver of the Lord of the Two Lands, treasurer of Aten in the house of the Aten in Akhetaten, the district overseer, chief servitor of Neferkheperure-Waenre (Akhenaten) in the house of Aten in Akhet-Aten

9. Mahu Chief of the Medjay (police) of Akhetaten
Mahu is shown doing his work, and then reporting to the Vizier in Akhet-Aten (presumably Nakhtpaaten). Mahu is shown traveling in a chariot, inspecting a squad of Medjay police.
Scenes also show an escort including the Vizier, the Chief of the Medjay accompanying the royal family who are traveling in a chariot and are leaving a temple.

10. Apy (Ipy?) King’s scribe, the overseer of the large inner palace of the pharaoh, the steward
Apy is also known from Thebes. He came from a prominent Memphite family, and was related to the Vizier Ramose. Ramose was also City Overseer (of Memphis) and married to Meritptah. Ramose served Akhenaten when he was known as Amenhotep IV.

11. Ramose Scribe of Recruits, General of the Lord of the Two Lands, the king’s scribe, Steward of the house of Nebmaatre (Amenhotep III)

12. Nakht(paaten) Hereditary prince, count, sealbearer, overseer of the city and vizier, overseer of the work projects in Akhet-Aten.

13. Neferkheprehersekheper Mayor of Akhetaten

14. May The hereditary Prince and Count, the sealbearer of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt, the sole companion, the true king’s scribe, General of the Lord of the Two Lands
Steward of the house of “Pacifying the Aten”, Scribe of Recruits, Steward of Waenre (Akhenaten) in Heliopolis, Overseer of the cattle of the house of Re in Heliopolis, Overseer of all works of the king, Fanbearer on the right hand of the king

15. Suty Standard-bearer of the company of Neferkheprure-Waenre (Akhenaten)

18. Unknown only the façade of the tomb was completed.

19. Sutau Treasurer of the Lord of the Two Lands

23. Any True king’s scribe, scribe of the offering table of the Lord of the Two Lands, Scribe of the Aten’s offering table on behalf of the Aten in the house of Aten in Akhet-Aten, Steward of the House of Aakheprure [Amenhotep II]
Mentioned in the tomb are Any’s wife Awy[..] and his servant and agent called Meryre.
The tomb contains six votive stelae. They are from:
Pakha, the overseer of the works;
Nebwawi, a scribe,
Anymen, servant of the king’s scribe Any,
Tchay, the charioteer of the king’s scribe Any.
Ptahmay, the brother of Any
Iay, a servant.

24. Paatenemheb King’s scribe, General of the Lord of the Two Lands, Steward of the Lord of the Two Lands

25. Ay The favorite of the good god, Fanbearer on the right of the King, True King’s Scribe, God’s Father (it netjer), The commander of all the horses of his Person, The confidante throughout the entire land.
Tiyi, the favorite of the good god, The Nurse of the King’s Chief Wife, Neferneferuaten Nefertiti, the king’s ornament
In the tomb we also see Mutnodjemet, the Queen’s Sister. Her figure is lost, but her presence can be inferred from the presence of her two dwarfs Hemetniswetrneheh and Mutef-Pre.


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Souces:
Aldred, c. Akhenaten, King of Egypt
Breasted, Ancient Records
Murnane, W.J. Texts from the Amarna Period in Egypt
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evidence from Amarna (including houses) and Thebes.

Apy, chief workman of the House of Gold. Known from a scarab.
Bak, Chief Sculptor in the big and important monuments of the king in the House of Aten in Akhet-Aten, son of Men, chief sculptor and born to the housewife Ry of Heliopolis. A naos of Bak mentions his wife Tahere.
Hatiay, the overseer of the works projects and confidant of the Lord of the Two Lands.
Hatiay, scribe, Overseer of the granary in the house of Aten. His tomb was found in Thebes
Maanakhte, the overseer of successful building projects in Akhet-Aten.
Men, Chief Sculptor in the big and important monuments of the king, son of Baimyu.
Meryre, the cupbearer of the house of Aten in Akhet-Aten, the cupbearer of Neferkheperure (Akhenaten). Meryre was married to Nubnefer (Nubnefret). They had two sons, Huy and Yuny, and two daughters, Hetepy and Itiat. The text indicates that the son Huy was a (ritual) dancer (?) of Neferkheperure (Akhenaten)
Nekhu-em-pa-Aten, chief bowman, master of the horse, royal cupbearer. From a lintel of his house.
Pawah, Greatest of Seers of the Aten in the house of Re. From a doorpost of his house in Amarna..
Ramose, Governor of the City and Vizier, hereditary prince, count, wearer of the royal seal, Chief of works among the monuments, Chief of the Prophets of North and South, Master of all wardrobes, Prophet of Maat, etc. Buried in TT108 in Kurna. Ramose was Vizier under Amenhotep III and continued under Akhenaten
Ramose, standard bearer of the company called “Aten is caused to be satisfied”.
Ranofer, the first charioteer of his Person, the master of the horse of the entire stable, the great favorite.
User, the overseer of the front hall, overseer of the courtyard(?) of Aten in the House of Rejoicing of the Aten.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2005 12:12 am    Post subject: Nakht Paaten Reply with quote

Any suggestions who this persons' parents were?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For most of them the answer is no I think.
During this period people seem to be even more vague about their family relations than normal.

It would be nice to see if some if these people are related to high officials to the previous and subsequent regimes.

It is thought by some that May (tomb 14) may actually be the treasurer Maya from Tut's reign.

People have also wondered if Paatenemheb may be Horemheb, but I think there's no real solid evidence for that. Plus it's complicated by the fact that there may be as many as 3 different Paatenemhebs Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good grief i have been searching though these forums for days trying to find the post where someone posted photographs of the nobles from amarna.

I always remember there was one very fat guy.

Does anybody know where they are?

There all similar in style to this one

http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/images/c2/c2_11.150.21.jpg
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrismackint wrote:
Good grief i have been searching though these forums for days trying to find the post where someone posted photographs of the nobles from amarna.

I always remember there was one very fat guy.

Does anybody know where they are?

There all similar in style to this one

http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/images/c2/c2_11.150.21.jpg


Is this supposed to be a father with two sons in the picture you provided?
Are their names known ?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply Sothis Wink

It's described as "Statue of two men and a boy that served as a domestic icon | New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 13531336 b.c. | Egypt"


A curator at the museum says it is an ancestor figure statue for ancestor devotion.

http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/believing/#/Feature/


Thats all the info i have on them i am afraid.

Yeah it can be difficult to find accurate information on any of the non royal statuettes from amarna as i have had no luck finding anything about them on the internet.

There was a topic discussion that had some information and pictures of nobles statuettes from amarna on this forum but i haven't been able to track it down yet, lol as my above post demonstrates- sorry about being so abrasive-it won't happen again Embarassed

These noble statuettes from amarna are really fascinating though, the detail of their clothes and even physical features is so interesting, I guess because i am not used to seeing people outside the aten royal family portrayed in statuary.

It's such a breath of fresh air to see statues from the amarna period that are not of the royal family- wouldn't you agree?

Plus big thanks to anneke for starting this thread-it's been of so much value to know who was who in Akhetaten- now we just need to put some faces to those names lol.

I wonder which of the nobles anneke has listed from Akhetaten owned this statue? Idea
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrismackint wrote:
Good grief i have been searching though these forums for days trying to find the post where someone posted photographs of the nobles from amarna.

I always remember there was one very fat guy.

Does anybody know where they are?


Do you mean this stelaphorus image of Bek, the Master Scultpor at Amarna in the early years?



Right off the top of my head, this is the only "fat" sculpture I can recall from Amarna. There are a number of images of Akhenaten and Amenhotep II, of Amarna origin, which show both kings with pot-bellies, but none as pronounced as Bek's sculpture.

Aldred (1973: 22, Fig. 6) states that "...Bek is represented with the heavy breasts and potbelly of a royal patron and teacher."

Reference:

Aldred, C. 1973. Akhenaten and Nefertiti. New York: Brooklyn Museum/Viking Press.

HTH.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sory Sothis i realised your question about who the statue was of went unanswered.

No i don't know there names and no i don't know there family relation. Sorry.

Thanks ever so much neseret for finding the "fat" amarna statue lol sorry that really wasn't a good description on my part was it? pharaohlol

That must be the statue i was thinking about- thanks for taking the time to track it down for me, it's very much appreaciated!

It's so good to finally know his name-here's some additional info on him i'm sure you have come accross:

http://ib205.tripod.com/bek.html

I like that he wasn't afraid to be shown as overweight, it's so refreshing when compared to the obsession with thin that 99% of ancient and modern cultures seem to idealise so much.

Thanks again neseret.
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