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ỉꜤḥ-ms sꜢ-pꜢ-ỉr
"Born of the Moon, Son of the Eye"

Ahmose-Sapair at the Louvre (E 15682), Paris.©

Dynasty 17th or 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Tao II or Ahmose II
Titles King's Son
Father Tao II or Ahmose II
Burial TT320 (reburial)
For other pages by this name, see Ahmose.

Ahmose-Sipair (transliteration: ỉꜤḥ-ms sꜢ-pꜢ-ỉr, meaning: "Born of the Moon, Son of the Eye"), or simply Sipair, was an ancient Egyptian Prince of the Seventeenth or Eighteenth Dynasty during the transition from the Second Intermediate Period to the New Kingdom.


Ahmose-Sipair was either the son of Pharaoh Tao II and a brother of Ahmose II[1] or the latter's son.[2] The identity of his mother remains unknown.


The whereabouts of Ahmose-Sipair's original tomb remain unknown, however it was still known during the inspection of tombs in Year 16 of Ramesses IX from the Twentieth Dynasty mentioned on the Abbott Papyrus.[2] He was later reburied in the royal cache at Deir el-Bahari, where his mummy was discovered in 1881. Ahmose-Sipair's remains along those of other royalty were moved to the cache sometime after Year 11 of Shoshenq I.



Ahmose-Sapair's coffin from TT320 (Smith 1912).

Ahmose-Sipair's mummy was unwrapped by Grafton Elliot Smith and A. R. Ferguson on September 9, 1905.[3] Among the 21'st Dynasty re-wrappings were found numerous barley stalks, perhaps placed there as symbols of immortality. Not much remained of the original mummy except for a few bones and the distorted skin. The skin was light brown in color, and Smith reported that it was still soft and pliable.[3] Smith discovered that the boy had a full set of deciduous teeth, indicating that he was about five or six years old when he died.[3] Smith also noted that he appeared to have been circumcised, and stated that this was an unusual feature in boys of that age from the 18'th Dynasty, who were typically circumcised at puberty.[3]


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p.129.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wente 1975, p. 271.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 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: Catalogue Général des Antiquités Égyptiennes du Musée de Caire. Duckworth (Reprinted year 2000 version).

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