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ỉꜥḥ-ms ỉn-ḥꜥpy
"Born of the Moon, Hapi Brought Her"

Mummyhead of Ahmose-Inhapi (Smith 1912).

Dynasty 17th Dynasty
18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Tao II
Ahmose II
Titles King's Wife
King's Daughter
Father Ahmose I (?)
Mother Tetisheri (?)
Spouse(s) Tao II (?)
Issue Ahmose-Henuttamehu
Burial TT320 (reburied)
For other pages by this name, see Ahmose.

Ahmose-Inhapi (Ancient Egyptian: jꜥḥ-ms jn-ḥꜥpj, "Born of the Moon, Hapi Brought Her") or simply Inhapi was an ancient Egyptian Princess and King's Wife of the Seventeenth Dynasty during the Second Intermediate Period. Alternatively, she might date later to the New Kingdom's early Eighteenth Dynasty.[1]


Ahmose-Inhapi is known to have held the title King's Daughter (sꜣt-nsw) and King's Wife (ḥmt-nsw).[2]


Ahmose-Inhapi was probably a daughter of Pharaoh Ahmose I, in which case Queen Tetisheri would likely be her mother. She was a (half-)sister and probable wife of Pharaoh Tao II,[2][3] the queens Ahhotep I and Sitdjehuty thus being her (half-)sisters. However, it remains possible that she dated to a later time and was a wife of Ahmose II (or even Amenhotep I).[1]

Ahmose-Inhapi was mentioned in a copy of the Book of the Dead from the TT53 tomb of Amenemhat in Thebes, which was owned by her only known daughter Ahmose-Henuttamehu.


Ahmose-Inhapi's original tomb remains unknown. She was later reburied in the royal cache at Deir el-Bahari, where her mummy was discovered in 1881.[2] Inhapi's mummy was reburied there along with those of other royalty after Year 11 of Pharaoh Shoshenq I. She was probably buried together with her daughter, Ahmose-Henuttamehu.



Mummy of Ahmose-Inhapi found in TT320 (Smith 1912).

The mummy was found in the outer coffin of Lady Rai, the nurse of Inhapy's niece Queen Ahmose-Nefertari. It was unwrapped by Gaston Maspero on June 26, 1886, and was later examined by Grafton Elliot Smith who described Inhapi as a big, strong-built woman with a strong resemblance to her brother.[4] Smith dates her burial to the later years of the reign of Ahmose I. The mummy had a garland of flowers around its neck. The body was laid out with her arms by her side, and the skin of the mummy was of a dark-brown color. The outer layer of the skin was still present and no evidence of salt was found. This may mean that the body was not immersed in natron as described by Herodotus, Diodorus and others. An incision was made in the left side to allow for the removal of the organs and the cavity may have been treated with natron. The body was sprinkled with aromatic powdered wood and wrapped in resin soaked linen.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grajetzki 2005.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dodson & Hilton 2004.
  3. Tyldesley 2006, p. 79, 82.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smith 1912.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Grajetzki, W., 2005: Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary. Golden House Publications, London.
  • Smith, G.E., 1912: The Royal Mummies. Duckworth. (Reprinted year 2000 version).
  • Tyldesley, J., 2006: Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.