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"Isis"
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Amenhotep III
Titles King's Great Wife
King's Daughter
Father Amenhotep III
Mother Tiye
Spouse(s) Amenhotep III
Burial Unknown

Iset or Aset (ancient Egyptian st, "Isis") was a Princess and Queen of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Family[]

Iset was the second daughter of Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his Queen Tiye. Her older sister was Sitamun, while her younger sisters include; Henuttaneb, Nebetah and/or Baketaten. Her brothers were Thutmose, Amenhotep IV, and probably Smenkhkare. Iset was the aunt of Tutankhamun.

Iset married her father, Amenhotep III, and acquired queenship in Year 34 of his reign, around Amenhotep's second Sed festival. It is not known whether their marriage produced any offspring.

Attestations[]

Iset appears with her sister Henuttaneb and their parents at the temple at Soleb and on a carnelian plaque (now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City). A box found in the harem palace at Merwer (the current site of Medinet el-Ghurob) and a pair of kohl-tubes probably belong to her.[1]

Death and Burial[]

Like her sisters, Sitamun and Henuttaneb, Iset also dissapeared from the historical record at the end of Amenhotep III's reign and is not mentioned again during Akhenaten's reign. She my have died or possibly went into seclusion after her brother Akhenaten became king. Iset's tomb remains unknown.

References[]

  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004.

Bibliography[]

  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
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