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ỉtn-ꜥnḫ-s-n tꜣšrt
"Ankhesenpaaten, the Younger"
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Akhenaten
Titles King's Daughter
Father Akhenaten
Mother Ankhesenamun (?)
Burial Unknown

Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit (ancient Egyptian: ỉtn-ꜥnḫ-s-n tꜣšrt, "Ankhesenpaaten, the Younger") was a Princess of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit and another princess, Meritaten-Tasherit are two small princesses who appear in scenes dating to the later part of the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten. The titles of at least one of the princess is of the form "[...-ta]sherit, born of [...], born of the King's Great Wife [...]. The inscription is damaged and the name of the mother and grandmother of the princesses has not been preserved.[1][2] Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit has been known to archaeologists since 1938, when a talatat block with her picture and name was found in Hermopolis.[citation needed]


Several different sets of parents have been proposed for Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit (as well as Meritaten Tasherit).

She is most commonly held to have been the daughter of Ankhesenpaaten (a daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten) and Akhenaten himself.[1][3] The title of the princess is thought to have been "Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit, born of Ankhesenpaaten, born of the King's Great Wife Nefertiti".[2] If we assume that Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit was the daughter of Ankhesenpaaten and Akhenaten, she must have been born towards the very end of Akhenaten's reign. Since Ankhesenpaaten was born around Year 5 of her father's reign, the earliest year she could have had a child was around Year 16 of his reign.[2]

Since both Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit and another princess, Meritaten-Tasherit appear only in texts that once mentioned Akhenaten's second wife Kiya, it is also possible that they were children of Akhenaten and Kiya, or that they were fictional, replacing the name of Kiya's daughter, who might have been Baketaten, more commonly thought to be Tiye's child.[4]

Dodson proposed Ankhesenpaaten-Tasherit was a daughter of the young royal couple Meritaten and Smenkhkare. The young princess would have been named after Meritaten's sister.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dodson 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tyldesley 1998, p. 168, 173.
  3. Aldred 1991, p. 234.
  4. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 148.


  • Aldred, C., 1991: Akhenaten: King of Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Dodson, A., 2009: Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation. The American University in Cairo Press.
  • Tyldesley, J., 1998: Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen. Penguin Books, London.