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"Mistress of the Two Lands"

Henuttawy at the Smaller Abu Simbel Temple.

Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses II
Titles King's Daughter
Father Ramesses II
Mother Nefertari
Spouse(s) Ramesses II (?)
Burial QV73
For other pages by this name, see Henuttawy.

Henuttawy (transliteration: ḥnw.t-tꜢwy, meaning: "Mistress of the Two Lands") was an ancient Egyptian Princess of the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Henuttawy was a daughter of Pharaoh Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari.[1] She appears seventh in the procession of daughters and is the second of two daughters whose mother is certain to have been Nefertari. A statue of Henuttawy stands in the smaller Abu Simbel temple, built for her mother. Henuttawy's brothers include; Amunherkhepeshef, Pareherwenemef, Meryatum and Meryre. Princess-Queen Meritamen was her older sister. Baketmut and Nefertari are also possible older sisters, but this remains uncertain. Henuttawy is not depicted on the façade of the large Abu Simbel temple, where the first two sons and the six eldest daughters of Ramesses II are shown, along with Queen Nefertari and the King's Mother Tuya, Henuttawy's grandmother.

Henuttawy is also thought to have married her father Ramesses II, as is evident for her elder sisters, but in Henuttawy's case there is no sufficient evidence to support this. Potentially, she may have married her father, becoming a King's Wife, and not have been elevated to the position of queen consort.


Henuttawy appears seventh in the procession of princesses in the greater temple at Abu Simbel, while appearing sixth in procession at Luxor.


Henuttawy was buried in the QV73 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Queens. The tomb may have been carved for a generic princess and adapted for Henuttawy after her death. In some areas of the tomb the cartouches are blank, but in the main burial chamber faint traces of her name have been recorded.[2] The tomb consists of a burial chamber with two pillars and two side rooms. The decorations resemble those in the QV66 tomb of Queen Nefertari.

See also[]


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 164, 170.
  2. Demas & Agnew 2012.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Demas, M./Agnew, N., 2012: Valley of the Queens Assessment Report: Volume 1. Los Angeles, California: Getty Conservation Institute.