Nefertari was the wife of Ramesses II
and is sometimes called Nefertari-Mery-Mut. She is shown
on a stela that dates to the first years of Ramesses
reign. It is believed that she was the daughter of Bakenkhons who was a prominent
official. She held the position of great wife or consort.
The mayor of Thebes at that time was her brother, Amenmose. She had two sons, Prince Prehirwonmef and Prince
Amonhirwonmef. Princess Mertatum and Princess Merytamon were her
Her tomb that was found in the Valley of the Queens,
is one of the most beautiful and largest ever found.
There was a temple built at Abu Simbel that was dedicated
to both Nefertari and to the goddess Hathor. She
disappeared from any further mention after the dedication
of the temple. It is not known whether she died or
retired to the harem complex at Fayoum