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Ay (Itnetjer)

Ay was a king of the 18th dynasty and is said to have inherited throne at an old age of 70. When he inherited the throne from Tutankhamen, he is said to have married Ankhesenamun, his widow. The marriage seems to have much intrigue and the marriage was completely against the wish of the queen as Ay was her grandfather. Ay did not consider Ankhesenamun as his chief wife as most paintings of Ay show him along with Tiy.

 

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The word Ay meant Father of god, and his throne name was Kheperkheperu-re which meant everlasting are the manifestations of Ra. Documents say that he was the Master of Horses in the court of Akhenaton and is believed to originally hail from Akhmin. During the reign of Akhenaton, he first rose as a Vizier and then as a royal chancellor. He is never known to have held a priestly officer position before becoming a king.

 

The reign of Ay

 

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Ay is believed to have ruled over Egypt from 1325 till 1321 BC and his tomb was tomb KV23 in the Valley of the kings located on the west bank at Luxor. The tomb is where he was buried, but no positive identification of his mummy has yet been made. The tomb of Ay was very similar to that of Tutankhamen and has winged goddesses over each corner. The tomb also contained decorative illustrations of the twelve monkeys representing the night hours on the burial wall of the chamber. The tomb had a unique decoration not found in any other royal tomb which was of the hunting scenes of beautiful birds. The tomb of Ay was discovered in 1816 by Belzoni.

 

Family Background

 

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Ay seems to have been born in or around Akhmin which was the capital of the ninth Nome of Upper Egypt. He has even built a chapel dedicated to Min in the vicinity of Akhmin, strengthening the fact that he was born here. He was born in a common family with Yuva as his father who was a respected official at the priest of Min. He is also believed to be the brother of Tiy. Nothing foolproof is known about Yuva being his father, as some even say that Ay and Tiy were the parents of Nefertiti who was the great wife of Akhenaton and Mutnedjment who was the great wife of Horemheb, respectively. The name of Ay's son was Nakhtmin.

 

Different names of Ay

 

The birth name of Ay was Aja which meant Father of the God. The throne name or prenomen of Ay was Kheperkheperure Irimaat, which meant everlasting are the manifestations of Ra, born of Ma’at. He also used the Horus name "Kanakht Tekhenkhau", the Nebty name "Sekhempehtidersetet" and the Golden Horus name "Heqasekhepertawy".

 

Substantial information about Ay is unavailable and all that is there seems to be confusing and misleading.

 

 

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