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"Amun is with his Strong Arm"

Amunherkhepeshef depicted in his QV55 tomb.

Dynasty 20th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses III
Titles Crown Prince
King's Eldest Son
Overseer of the Horses
Royal Scribe
Father Ramesses III
Mother Tyti (?)
Burial QV55
For other pages by this name, see Amunherkhepeshef.

Amunherkhepeshef (ancient Egyptian: ỉmn-ḥr-ḫpš.f, "Amun is with his Strong Arm") was a Crown Prince of the Twentieth Dynasty during the New Kingdom. He was the eldest son of Pharaoh Ramesses III and most likely named after Amunherkhepeshef, the eldest son of Ramesses II.


Amunherkhepeshef was the firstborn son of Ramesses III and his intended heir. Given his first position among the sons of Ramesses III, his mother was probably Tyti. Furthermore, according to Amunherkhepeshef's QV55 tomb, he was "son of the God's Wife, God's Mother and King's Great Wife" (ms n ḥmt-nṯr mwt-nṯr ḥmt-nsw-wrt) paralleling Tyti's titles so closely that he may be confidently proposed as her son.[1] Leblanc has conjectured this as well, based on similarities between their tomb's decorative programs.[2] However, this mother-son relationship is by no means established with certainty. Three of his younger (half-)brothers (Ramesses IV, Ramesses VI and Ramesses VIII) later became king. As a prince, Ramesses VI was also named Amunherkhepeshef, probably after his deceased older (half-)brother.


Amunherkhepeshef is attested ninth in Ramesses III's procession of princes at Medinet Habu,[3] which is inscribed by Ramesses VI and not necessarily in birth order.


Amunherkhepeshef died when he was about fifteen years old and was buried in his QV55 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Queens.[4] The whereabouts of his mummy remain unknown. He was succeeded as crown prince by his younger half-brother, Ramesses IV.


  1. Collier et al. 2010, p. 246.
  2. Demas & Agnew 2012.
  3. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 192.
  4. Siliotti 1997.


  • Collier, M./Dodson, A./Hamernik, G., 2010: P. BM EA 10052, Anthony Harris, and Queen Tyti. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 96.
  • Demas, M./Agnew, N., 2012: Valley of the Queens Assessment Report. Vol. 1. The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Siliotti, A., 1997: Guide to the Valley of the Kings. Barnes and Noble.