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dwꜥt-nṯr ꜣst
"Divine Adoratrice, Isis"
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Iset depicted with her cartouche on a stela from Coptos in the Manchester Museum.

Predecessor:
None
God's Wife of Amun Successor:
Maatkare
Dynasty 20th and 21st Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses VISmendes I
Titles God's Wife of Amun
Divine Adoratrice of Amun
King's Daughter
Father Ramesses VI
Mother Nubkhesbed
Burial Unknown
For other pages by this name, see Iset.

Iset (transliteration: ꜣst, meaning: "Isis") was an ancient Egyptian Princess of the Twentieth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Family[]

Iset was the daughter of Pharaoh Ramesses VI and his Queen Nubkhesbed, and a sister to Pharaoh Ramesses VII.[1] Her brothers include; Amunherkhepeshef, Panebenkemit and Ramesses-Itamun, the latter of whom succeeded their father as Ramesses VII. Iset was named after her paternal grandmother.[2]

Biography[]

Iset was the first to hold the revived titles of God's Wife of Amun and Divine Adoratrice of Amun, both of which had been of great importance during the early 18th Dynasty but fell into disuse later. From her time on, the position of God's Wife of Amun became more and more influential, reaching the peak of its power during the Third Intermediate Period. Iset was probably the first God's Wife of Amun to live in celibacy (the previous holders of the title were usually principal wives of the pharaoh).

Iset is depicted on a stela in Coptos (today in the Manchester Museum, inv. no. 1781). Her installation as God's Wife of Amun is shown on a block from Dra' Abu el-Naga'. Her name is written in a cartouche along with the title Divine Adoratrix.

References[]

  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 192.
  2. Černý 1958, p. 33.

Bibliography[]

  • Černý, J., 1958: Queen Ēse of the Twentieth Dynasty and Her Mother. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 44.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
Predecessor:
None
God's Wife of Amun
20th and 21st Dynasty
Successor:
Maatkare
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