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Amunherkhepeshef
AmunherkhepeshefTombstone
Grave of Amunherkhepeshef at a cemetery in Middlebury, Vermont.
Life
Dynasty Twelfth Dynasty
Titles King's Son
Legacy
Family Senusret III (father?)
Hathorhotep (mother?)
Burial Dahshur (?)

Amunherkhepeshef ("Amun is with his Strong Arm") was a proclaimed Prince of the 12th Dynasty during the Middle Kingdom. He was supposedly the son of Pharaoh Senusret III and Queen Hathorhotep.

He died at the age of two and was interred in Egypt, likely Dahshur. His mummy was stolen by graverobbers and purchased by Henry Sheldon from some visiting Spanish sailors in New York in 1886 for display in his museum. However, the mummy arrived in such poor condition that it was relegated to the attic.[1] After Sheldon's death, it remained there until 1945, when a curator named George Mead came across it. Fearing that the mummy might be dug up by student pranksters if buried whole,[2] he had it cremated in his neighbor's furnace in 1950 and interred with a suitable headstone in his family plot in Middlebury, Vermont.[3]

The boy's tombstone was engraved with an Ankh (representing eternal life), a Ba-bird (representing the soul), and a Christian crucifix.[4] The inscription reads:

"Ashes of Amun-Her-Khepesh-Ef, Aged Two Years, Son of Sen Woset 3rd, King of Egypt and his wife, Hathor-Hotpe, 1883 BC."[5]

References[]

  1. "Grave of Amum-Her-Khepesh-Ef". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  2. Day 2006, p. 36.
  3. Irving Wallace; David Wallechinsky; Amy Wallace (July 4, 1982). "New England Mummy". Significa. The San Bernardino County Sun. p. 82. Retrieved 13 May 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. Day 2006, p. 36.
  5. "Grave of Amum-Her-Khepesh-Ef". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved June 23, 2021.


Bibliography[]

  • Day, J., 2006: The Mummy's Curse: Mummymania in the English-speaking World. Routledge.

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