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"Lion of the Battlefield"

Maiherpri depicted in his Book of the Dead.©

Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Thutmose IV
Titles Fanbearer on the King's Right Hand
Child of the Nursery
Burial KV36

Maiherpri (transliteration: mꜣỉ-ḥr-prỉ, meaning: "Lion of the Battlefield") was an ancient Egyptian nobleman of Nubian descent under Pharaoh Thutmose IV of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Amongst his titles were "Fanbearer on the King's Right Hand" and "Child of the Nursery". There is speculation that the latter title signified that he grew up in the royal nursery as a prince of a vassal territory, or perhaps was the son of a lesser wife or concubine of the pharaoh.[1] He was among the first during the New Kingdom to hold the Fanbearer title, and was literally true in that he was by the pharaoh's side, likely as an advisor or bodyguard.[2] This same title was also used to denote the Viceroy of Kush later in the New Kingdom.[2]


Maiherperi was buried in his KV36 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Kings. He is one of only few non-royal individuals to have been granted the honor of burial in the valley.

Maiherperi's copy of the Book of the Dead, which, in the eyes of Cline and O'Connor is "[c]ertainly the most famous and arguably the most beautiful" Book of the Dead,[3] depicts him with literally "blackish" skin, leading scholars to believe that he was an Egyptian of Nubian descent.[4]


His mummy was unwrapped by Georges Daressy in March 1901,[2] revealing a mummy whose dark skin matched that depicted on his copy of the Book of the Dead, and thought that this was likely Maiherperi's natural colour, unchanged by the mummification process. He also had tightly curled, woolly hair, which turned out to be a wig that had been glued to his scalp.[5]


  1. Forbes 1998, p. 106.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Forbes 1998, p. 104.
  3. Cline & O'Connor 2006, p. 315.
  4. O'Connor & Cline op. cit. 2006, p. 216.
  5. Forbes 1998, p. 105.


  • Cline, E.H./O'Connor, D.B., 2006: Thutmose III: A New Biography. University of Michigan Press.
  • Forbes, D.C., 1998: Tombs, Treasures, Mummies: Seven Great Discoveries of Egyptian Archaeology. KMT Communications, Inc.