The God’s Wife of Amun & The God’s Wife | Ancient Egyptian Granite Statue

In this episode, we’ll be visiting ‘The Gods Wife’ at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, Egypt. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King.

Originating from the ancient Egyptian third intermediate period (1069 – 747 BC), this granite statue represents ‘The Gods Wife.’ The role was a significant religious institution in ancient Egypt and was fulfilled by women from the reigning royal family. These women served as intermediaries or links between the god and the king.

During this period, a very similar title and role existed: The God’s Wife of Amun. My understanding is that they were actually different roles though. This royal title was typically held by women connected to the king, either as wives or mothers. The God’s Wife of Amun held the highest rank among priestesses in the Amun cult, which was centred in Thebes in Upper Egypt during the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth dynasties (740–525 BC).

It is essential to note that this religious office carried not only religious significance but also political importance, as the two aspects were closely intertwined in ancient Egyptian society.

By Anthony King (c)