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Column from the tomb chapel of Tia and her husband Tia.

Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) HoremhebRamesses II
Titles King's Daughter
King's Sister
Father Seti I
Mother Tuya
Spouse(s) Tia
Issue Mutmetjennefer, Unknown daughter
Burial Saqqara
For other pages by this name, see Tia.

Tia (ancient Egyptian: tỉꜣ) was an ancient Egyptian Princess of the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom. She was the daughter of Pharaoh Seti I.


Tia was the eldest known child of of Pharaoh Seti I and Queen Tuya. Ramesses II was her younger brother and Henutmire was probably a younger sister.[1]

Tia was married to an official who was also called Tia. The couple had two daughters, who were both depicted in their parents' tomb at Saqqara. Only one of their names survived as Mutmetjennefer.[2]


She was born in the reign of Horemheb into a non-royal family, before her grandfather Paramessu (later Ramesses I) ascended to the throne. It is possible she was named after her grandmother, who is known as Sitre or Tia-Sitre, and would therefore be identical with a woman named Tia, who was named as Seti's mother.

Tia probably resided for most of her life as a non-royal at Avaris in the Nile Delta and most likely married her non-royal husband before her grandfather's ascession, since it is unusual for royal women to marry outside the royal family, especially during the New Kingdom. This explains why she is one of the few princesses during Egypt's history, who married outside the royal family.

Princess Tia, similarly to other noble ladies, held titles which indicate she took part in religious rituals ("Singer of Hathor", "Singer of Re of Heliopolis", "Singer of Amun-great-in-his-glory").


The couple Tia and Tia were buried in Saqqara. The tomb was built close to that of Horemheb, and was excavated by Geoffrey T. Martin.


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 164.
  2. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 172.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton D, 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.