Tiaa, even Tia, was an ancient Egyptian queen in the New Kingdom (18th Dynasty). She was the wife of Amenhotep II and mother of Thutmose IV.

Origin and family

The parents of Tiaa are unknown and it is in no inscription referred to as the king's daughter ( S3T - nswt ). She is the only woman who is assigned as the " Great Royal Wife" of Amenhotep II, although there was an assumption that he could have been married to his sister Meritamun. As title of King's Mother Tiaa ( Mw.t - nswt ) and her son Thutmose IV " God's Wife of Amun " (HMT - ntr -n- Jmn ) are still preserved in situ.

Role at the royal court

About her life as the wife of Amenhotep II, nothing is handed down. Queen Tiaa is called only on the basis of monuments that date back to the reign of her son Thutmose IV. So let Thutmose IV built for his mother monuments at Giza, Thebes and the Fayyum. Demonstrated is the fact that inscriptions of Hatshepsut Meritre were usurped by Tiaa.

Tiaa came first under her son both to greater political and religious importance by being viewed, for example, as an earthly counterpart to the goddesses Hathor, Isis and courage. It not only the title " God's Wife of Amun ," but is also shown together with her son and his first wife Nefertari. It even appears that Thutmose IV divided " the ritual aspects of the kingdom " between his wives Nefertari and Jaret and the king's mother Tiaa.

Their close relationship with Thutmose IV is by mention in various inscriptions or representations expression. A native of Karnak and now in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo located seat statue shows mother and son sitting side by side and despite distance an arm around the other radically.


As Tiaas grave today KV32 in the Valley of the Kings known. It was discovered in 1898 by Victor Loret, but the grave owner was unknown at this time. Only in the context of the MISR project: Mission Siptah - Ramses X. (2000 to 2001), the apparently unfinished tomb was excavated and it has not been fully exposed. Nevertheless, it was assigned to Queen Tiaa, as here found parts of their grave goods, including her canopic chest. Your mummy, however, was not found.