Beketaten/Baketaten, "Servant or Handmaiden of the Aten" was the "King's Daughter of his Body," but which king the title refers to is a matter of debate. She was probably the youngest daughter of Tiye and Amenhotep III, and therefore Akhenaten's youngest sister. Certaintly, she is portrayed with Tiye attending a sunshade temple built in honor of Tiye, and she is associated with Tiye in other pictures. If she is Tiye's daughter, she was born when her mother was in her mid to late 40s, and Beketaten would have been one of six children. Her brothers were Thutmose and Akhenaten, and her sisters Sitamun, Henut-Taneb, Isis/Iset, and Nebetiah (unless Beketaten was born Nebetiah and changed her name). Iset, Henut-Taneb, and Nebetiah are definately Amenhotep III's daughters.

If Tiye were her mother, her grandfather was Yuya, Chief Prophet of Min at Akhmim, and also Superintendent of his Cattle. This was probably after he was the King's Lieutenant of the Chariotry and Master of the Horse under Tuthmosis IV. Her grandmother was Tuya, Superintendent of the Harim of Min of Akhmim and also of Amun of Thebes. Tuya may have been a descendent of Queen Ahmose Nefertari. Beketaten's uncle on her mother's side was Anen, Second of the Four Prophets of Amun and Greatest of Seers in the temple of Re-Atum. On the paternal side, her grandparents were Tuthmosis IV and Queen Mutemwiya. The latter may have been the daughter of the Mitannian king, Artatama.

However, Beketaten could also be the daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Still, she was never called the "King's Daughter born of the King's Great Wife, Nefernefruaten - Nefertiti," as Nefertiti's known daughters were.

Beketaten is shown with the youthful side lock and not as an adult. However, Nefertiti's sister Mutnodjmet wore one as an adolescent.

All traces of Beketaten disappear after Tiye's death.


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