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Khaemwaset and Ramesses III

Ramesses III followed by Prince Khaemwaset in QV44.©

Dynasty 20th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses IIIRamesses IV
Titles King's Son
Sem Priest of Ptah
Fanbearer on the King's Right Hand
Royal Scribe
Father Ramesses III
Burial QV44
For other pages by this name, see Khaemwaset.

Khaemwaset (ancient Egyptian: ḫꜥ-m-wꜣst, "Appearing in Thebes") was a Prince of the Twentieth Dynasty during the New Kingdom. He was a son of Pharaoh Ramesses III and most likely named after Khaemwaset, the fourth son of Ramesses II, who was also a Sem Priest of Ptah. Unlike Ramesses II's son, he did not promote to the position of High Priest of Ptah.[1]


Khaemwaset might be identical to Ramesses-Khaemwaset, who is attested eighth in Ramesses III's procession of princes at Medinet Habu. Khaemwaset holds the title "King's Eldest Son of His Body" (zꜣ nswt tpỉ n ḥm.f), which has been interpreted to mean that he was the eldest son alive upon death[2] or that he was the firstborn son by a particular consort.


Khaemwaset outlived his father and was buried under the reign of his half-brother Ramesses IV, since the text on the sarcophagus mentions this king.[3] Khaemwaset was buried in his QV44 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Queens.[2] A canopic jar of his is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, while his sarcophagus and probable mummy are in the Museo Egizio in Turin.[4]


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 186.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Demas & Agnew 2012.
  3. Siliotti 1997.
  4. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 192.


  • Demas, M./Agnew, N., 2012: Valley of the Queens Assessment Report. Vol. 1. The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Siliotti, A., 1997: Guide to the Valley of the Kings. Barnes and Noble.