One name which appears connected to that of Akhenaten towards
the later years of his reign was the lady Kiya. Texts describe
her as being 'Much Loved' by the Pharaoh. Very little is known
about her, she appears to have replaced Nefertiti
as queen for a short time, before herself being replaced by Akhenaten's daughter Meritaten.
|Canopic jar lids found in KV55 are
thought to have been originally intended for Kiya. Along with
the coffin found there they had been hastily modified for a royal
burial, thought to be that of Smenkhkare.