Masks of Yuya and Thuya

Masks of Yuya and Thuya

The mummies of Yuya and Thuya were discovered wearing these cartonnage masks covered with gold leaf. Yuya was the father of Queen Tiye, wife of king Amenhotep III, and husband of Thuya. Yuya came from the town of Akhmin, where he probably held estates and where he was a priest of the Egyptian god Min, the chief god of the area. Thuya held important religious titles, in addition to the title of the Royal Mother of the Great Wife of the King.

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III (c.1390–1352 BC)

Medium: Cartonnage, gold

Provenance: Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Yuya and Tjuya (KV46)