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"Ptah has Spoken and he Lives"

Outer coffin of Djedptahiuefankh at the Cairo Museum (CG 61034).©Heidi Kontkanen

Dynasty 21st and 22nd Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Psusennes IIShoshenq I
Titles Second Prophet of Amun
Father Psusennes II (?)
Mother Nestanebetashru (?)
Burial TT320
For other pages by this name, see Djedptahiuefankh.

Djedptahiuefankh (transliteration: ḏd-ptꜤḥ-ỉw-f-Ꜥnḫ, meaning: "Ptah has Spoken and he Lives") was an ancient Egyptian Prince of the Twenty-first Dynasty during the Third Intermediate Period.


Djedptahiuefankh held the office of Third Prophet of Amun and subsequently rose to the position of Second Prophet of Amun under Pharaoh Shoshenq I of the Twenty-second Dynasty. He is merely known from his burial, which provides the title of "District Governor" as well as "King's Son of the Lord of the Two Lands" and "King's Son of Ramesses". The latter may suggest that he was related to the royal family of possibly the 21st Dynasty or 22nd Dynasty.[1]


See also: 21st Dynasty Family Tree.

It has been conjectured that Djedptahiuefankh was the husband of Nestanebetashru,[2] who was a daughter of the High Priest of Amun Pinedjem II and Neskhonsu.[3] However, this is based purely on the fact that Djedptahiuefankh was buried next to Nestanebetashru.[4] On the same basis, it seems more probable that they shared a mother-son relationship instead, since Nestanebetashru was Chief of the Harem of Amun-Re, suggesting she was married to a High Priest, which Djedptahiuefankh was not, while he is also known to have lived well into the reign of Shoshenq I of the 22nd Dynasty. Hence, if Nestanebetashru was his mother, his father must have been a High Priest, possibly Psusennes II. Since this particular High Priest also became Pharaoh, it would in turn justify Djedptahiuefankh's usage of princely titles. The title of "King's Son of Ramesses" would make particular sense because, if indeed a son of Psusennes II, Djedptahiuefankh would have been a great-great-great-grandson of Ramesses XI.


Djedptahiuefankh was buried in the royal cache above the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, which was discovered by authorities in 1881.


Djedptahiuefankh Mummy

Mummy of Djedptahiuefankh (Smith 1912).

Djedptahiuefankh's mummy has the inventory number CG 61097 and was unwrapped by Gaston Maspero on June 29th in 1886.[5] Three separate mummy bandages dating to Years 5, 10 and 11 of Shoshenq I were found on Djedptahiuefankh's body, as well as jewelry in the form of gold rings, amulets and a uraeus.


  1. Broekman 2010.
  2. Niwiński 1988.
  3. Dodson & Hilton 2004.
  4. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 203.
  5. "Djedptahiufankh's Burial in TT320". The Theban Royal Mummy Project, by William Max Miller.


  • Broekman, G.P.F., 2010: The Leading Theban Priests of Amun and their Families under Libyan Rule. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 96.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Niwiński, A., 1988: The Wives of Pinudjem II: A Topic for Discussion. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 74.
  • Smith, G.E., 1912: The Royal Mummies: Catalogue Général des Antiquités Égyptiennes du Musée de Caire. Duckworth. (Reprinted year 2000 version).
  • Wallis Budge, E.A., 1912: The Greenfield papyrus in the British Museum.