Tuya (queen)

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Queen consort of ancient Egypt
Great Royal Wife
King's Mother Tuya
Diedca. 1257 BC
Spouse Seti I
Issue Tia
Ramesses II
Henutmire (possibly)
Tuya or Mut-Tuya
Egyptian name
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Dynasty 19th of Egypt
Religion Ancient Egyptian religion

Tuya (also called Tuy or Muat-Tuya [1] ) was the wife of Pharaoh Seti I of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and mother of Tia, Ramesses II, and perhaps Henutmire.


She was the daughter of Raia, who was a military officer based on his title of Lieutenant of the chariotry. [2] Tuya's daughter Tia was married to a high-ranking civil servant who was also called Tia. [2]

As the mother of Ramesses II, she enjoyed a privileged existence of a respected king's mother and was allowed the opportunity to correspond with the Hittite royal court after the Year 21 peace treaty between Egypt and Hatti put in place by Ramesses II.

Monuments and inscriptions

Statue of Tuya from the Vatican. Colossal statue of queen Tuya.jpg
Statue of Tuya from the Vatican.

Death and burial

Canopic jar lid of Queen Tuya from the Luxor Museum Queen Tuya.jpg
Canopic jar lid of Queen Tuya from the Luxor Museum

Tuya likely died soon after Year 22 of Ramesses' reign and was buried in an impressive tomb in the Valley of the Queens (QV80). [3] In her tomb, Tuya "was stripped of the first part of her name to become plain Tuya for eternity; the loss of the prefix Mut- suggests that her death had ended in an almost divine earthly status." [3]

Queen Tuya has been first portrayed by actress Irene Martin in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments , as one of Bithiah's maidservants famous for quoting "Bithiah could charm tears from a crocodile".

She also appears in The Prince of Egypt as the adoptive mother of Moses, voiced by Helen Mirren. She is portrayed by Sigourney Weaver in the 2014 Ridley Scott film Exodus: Gods and Kings ; In 2015, the Brazilian television series, Os Dez Mandamentos , the Queen Tuya is played by actress Angelina Muniz.

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