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Column from the tomb chapel of Tia and his wife Princess Tia.

Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Seti IRamesses II
Titles Overseer of the Treasury
Overseer of the Cattle of Amun
Fanbearer on the King's Right Hand
Royal Scribe
Father Amenwahsu (?)
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 high official of the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Tia was born during the reign of Horemheb. One of the earliest mentions of Tia is on a block now in the University of Chicago Oriental Institute (no. 10507). Tia and another high-ranking official named Amenwahsu are shown before King Seti I and the then Crown Prince Ramesses II. Amenwahsu is thought to be Tia's father,[1] but it is unknown whether the two are related. He could be the same Amenwahsu who was buried in the TT111 tomb in Thebes.

Tia was married to a noble lady 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]

His wife became a Princess when her grandfather Ramesses I became Pharaoh and founded the Nineteenth Dynasty. Tia himself thus became the son-in-law of a king, Seti I, and later the brother-in-law of another, Ramesses II.


Tia had several honorific titles including hereditary prince and governor, Fanbearer on the King's Right Hand, Sole Companion, overseer of the secrets of the royal palace, favorite of the Horus in his palace, eyes of the King, and ears of the King. Tia's executive titles include, King's Scribe, King's Sealbearer and his most notable title of occupation: Overseer of the Treasury in the Temple of Usermaatre Setepenre in the Domain of Amun.[3]

Tia was a royal scribe and Ramesses II's tutor, and held important offices later in his reign, he was Overseer of the Treasury, and Overseer of the Cattle of Amun.[4]


The couple Tia and Tia were buried in Saqqara, the necropolis of the city Memphis. Their tomb was built close to that of Horemheb, and was excavated by Geoffrey Thorndike Martin.


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 170.
  2. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 172.
  3. Martin 1993.
  4. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 175.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Martin, G.T., 1993: The Tomb of Tia and Tia: Royal Monument of the Ramesside Period in the Memphite Necropolis. London.