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Also, when trying to reconstruct the scene from which the Ashmunein blocks derive, the fact that the two children must be facing each other is best explained through a double scene which showed Akhenaten and Nefertiti worshiping the Aten, with their children split between them. In such a context the likelihood that all the children, including Tutankhuaten, were of the same parentage seems highly likely. It of course also provides a potential family scene, of the kind whose alleged absence is such a key element of the anti-Nefertiti argument.
If this apparent cofﬁn of Smenkhkare was ultimately used for Tutankhamun, why was he himself not buried in it? The clue may lie in its texts: it is entirely traditional in its formulations, contrasting radically with the KV55 cofﬁn.
17 This lady has always been something of a mystery. Her title is unique to her—no other royal spouse is known to have used it at any time in Egyptian history—and is always extended to speciﬁcally link her to Akhenaten. 18 Kiya is known from a range of monuments and objects, but in most cases they have been usurped by other persons during Akhenaten’s reign: her cofﬁn was adapted for a pharaoh’s burial,19 while most of her relief representations were recut and relabeled for Princess Meryetaten (or on occasion Ankhesenpaaten), implying disgrace.