- Jun 2012
If the gold plated wood statutes were presented as a sign of prudent frugality & austerity, and Akhenaten presented himself as a promoter & proponent of humble monotheism as opposed to extravagant polytheism, perhaps Nefertiti the Mitannian might have been persuaded to not take offence.I see with the hypothesis Tadukhipa = Nefertiti a problem in so far as the Mitanni king asks in vain for the sending of full-fledged gold statues (what was originally agreed with Amenhotep III as a price for Tushratta´s daughter), to which Akhenaten initially responded inadequately (probably in deliberate provocation) and then no longer at all. In EA 27 Tushratta writes outraged:
But my brother has not sent the solid gold statues that your father was going to send. You have sent plated ones of wood. Nor have you sent me the goods that your father was going to send me, but you have reduced them greatly.
Considering that one of the statues should represent Tadukhipa, it would be strange under the premise Tadukhipa = Nefertiti that Akhenaten refused to produce and send a fully fledged golden statue and instead sent gold-plated statues, which was not only an insult to Tushratta, but would have been also an insult to Nefertiti if identical to Tadukhipa.