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Isetnofret
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"Isis is Beautiful"
Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses II
Titles King's Daughter
Chantress of Isis
Father Ramesses II
Mother Isetnofret I
Spouse(s) Merenptah or Ramesses (?)
Issue Seti II (?), Merenptah (?),
Khaemwaset (?), Isetnofret (?)
Burial Unknown
For other pages by this name, see Isetnofret.

Isetnofret (ancient Egyptian: st-nfr.t, "Beautiful Iset") was a Princess of the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom. She was the daughter of Pharaoh Ramesses II and Queen Isetnofret I.

Identification[]

It is possible that she was identical with Pharaoh Merenptah's Queen Isetnofret II. However, it is also possible that this queen was Prince Khaemwaset's daughter instead, also called Isetnofret.[1] Isetnofret II is not attested with the title King's Daughter, which she would have used if she was the daughter of Ramesses II.[1] Isetnofret II also had a son named after Khaemwaset, which further suggests that he was her father.

Family[]

Isetnofret was the daughter of Pharaoh Ramesses II and Queen Isetnofret I. She was Ramesses' second daughter with Queen Isetnofret, after whom she was named. Unlike her older sister Bentanat, she is not known to have married her father.

If Isetnofret was the same person as Queen Isetnofret II, she married her brother Merenptah and became his King's Great Wife (i.e. Queen). Their sons would be Seti II, Merenptah, Khaemwaset and they possibly had a daughter also named Isetnofret. Seti II later succeeded his father as pharaoh.

If Khaemwaset's daughter was Queen Isetnofret II however, this Isetnofret possibly married her eldest full-brother Ramesses instead. Therefore mimicking her half-sister Nefertari, who is also named after her mother (Queen Nefertari) and also seems to have married her eldest full-brother Amunherkhepeshef.[2]

Attestations[]

Isetnofret appears sixth in the procession of daughters of Ramesses II at Abydos and eighth at Luxor. She has a statue at the entrance of the Greater Abu Simbel temple. She is also known from a letter in which two singers inquire after her health.[1]

Burial[]

The wherabouts of Isetnofret's tomb and mummy remain unknown.

See also[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 171.
  2. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 168.

Bibliography[]

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