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Granodiorite Statue of Queen Iset in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo (CG 42072).©

Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Thutmose II
Thutmose III
Titles King's Great Wife
King's Mother
God's Wife
Spouse(s) Thutmose II
Issue Thutmose III
Burial Unknown

Iset (ancient Egyptian: st, "Isis") was an ancient Egyptian Queen of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Titles[]

Iset is known to have held the titles King's Mother (mwt-nswt), King's Wife (ḥmt-nswt), King's Great Wife (ḥmt-nswt-wrt) and God's Wife (ḥmt-nṯr). All probably posthumously.

Family[]

Iset was a King's Wife or possibly a concubine of Pharaoh Thutmose II.[1] She was the mother of Pharaoh Thutmose III. Hatshepsut was queen during their husband Thutmose II's reign and became pharaoh in her own right during the first half of Thutmose III's reign. Thutmose III became the head of the armies of Egypt as he grew up. Thutmose III granted his mother Iset the titles of King's Mother, King's Great Wife and God's Wife - presumably posthumously - after Hatshepsut's death when he officially became pharaoh.[1] The title of God's Wife was previously held by Hatshepsut's daughter Neferure.

Attestations[]

ThutmoseIII&Iset

Iset depicted behind her son Thutmose III at Karnak.©

Iset's name is mentioned on her son Thutmose III's mummy bandages and on a statue found in Karnak.[1] She is also depicted several times in her son's KV34 tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Iset is prominently featured behind her son on a barque. All these later instances refer to her as Great Royal Wife and King's Mother.

Burial[]

The whereabouts of Iset's mummy and tomb remain unknown.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 131.

Bibliography[]

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