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st tꜣ-ḥmḏr.t
"Isis, She of Hemdjeret"
Dynasty 20th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) SetnakhteRamesses VI
Titles King's Great Wife
God's Wife
King's Mother
King's Daughter
Lady of the Two Lands
Father Setnakhte[1] or Ramesses III[2]
Mother Hemdjeret[1][3]
Spouse(s) Ramesses III
Issue Ramesses VI
Burial QV51
For other pages by this name, see Iset.

Iset-Tahemdjeret or Aset-Habadjilat (ancient Egyptian: st tꜣ-ḥmḏr.t, "Isis, She of Hemdjeret"), simply called Iset in her tomb, was an ancient Egyptian Queen of the Twentieth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Apart from the title of "King's Great Wife" (ḥm.t-nswt-wr.t) designation, Iset-Tahemdjeret also held the title of "God's Wife" (ḥm.t-nṯr). In her tomb she is attested with the titles of "King's Great Mother" (mwt-nswt-wr.t), "Lady of the Two Lands" (nbt-tꜣwy), and "King's Daughter" (zꜣ.t-nswt).[2]


Iset-Tahemdjeret was a queen consort of Pharaoh Ramesses III. Her tomb mentions her mother Hemdjeret, who was probably of Asiatic origin due to her Semitic name.[1] Iset's epithet Tahemdjeret may thus be interpreted as "daughter of Hemdjeret". The identity of her father remains uncertain, but Setnakhte has been suggested,[1] while she may instead have been a daughter-wife Ramesses III.[2]

Iset's tomb was built under the reign of Ramesses VI and the prominent attestation of her title "King's Mother" within it leaves little room for doubt that she was this king's mother. Ramesses IV was once thought to be this queen's own son too until it was revealed that Queen Tyti was most likely to be this king's mother from copies of fragments of the tomb robbery papyri that Anthony Harris made revealing that she was Ramesses III's own wife plus the fact that she is now known to have been a "King's Mother" as well.[4]


Iset-Tahemdjeret is shown on a statue of Ramesses III in the temple of Mut at Karnak.


Iset was buried in her QV51 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Queens.[2] The epithet "Tahemdjeret" of her name was omitted in her tomb. The construction of the tomb may have started during the reign of her husband Ramesses III, but it mainly took place and was finished during the reign of her son Ramesses VI. The whereabouts of her mummy remain unknown.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Černý 1958, p. 31-37.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Grist 1985.
  3. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 192.
  4. Collier et al. 2010.


  • Černý, J., 1958: Queen Ēse of the Twentieth Dynasty and Her Mother. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 44.
  • Collier, M./Dodson, A./Hamernik, G., 2010: P. BM 10052, Anthony Harris and Queen Tyti, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 96.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Grist, J., 1985: Grist: The Identity of the Ramesside Queen Tyti. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 71.