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"Montu is with his Strong Arm"

Mentuherkhepeshef depicted in the procession of sons at the Ramesseum.

Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Seti IRamesses II
Titles King's Son
First Charioteer of His Majesty
Overseer of the Horses
Royal Scribe
Father Ramesses II
Burial KV5
For other pages by this name, see Mentuherkhepeshef.

Mentuherkhepeshef (transliteration: mnṯw-ḥr-ḫpš.f, meaning: "Montu is with his Strong Arm") was an ancient Egyptian Prince of the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Mentuherkhepeshef was a son of Pharaoh Ramesses II and the fifth son in the procession of princes after his half-brothers; Amunherkhepeshef, Ramesses, Pareherwenemef, and Khaemwaset.[1] The identity of his mother remains unknown, but he is probably not the son of one of his father's principal wives, Nefertari or Isetnofret. Given his high position in the procession of princes, Mentuherkhepeshef was probably the firstborn son by a minor wife and born during the latter years of his grandfather Seti I's reign.


Mentuherkhepeshef was present at the Battle of Kadesh in Year 5 and the Siege of Dapur in Year 10. He was mentioned on a stela from Bubastis and a statue of him is currently situated in Copenhagen. He is called Mentuherwenemef in an inscription from Luxor. Mentuherkhepeshef later became "First Charioteer of His Majesty" and "Overseer of the Horses", which are positions that he shared with his half-brother Pareherwenemef.[2]


Since Mentuherkhepeshef did not become Crown Prince after the death of his (half-)brother Khaemwaset, the former most likely predeceased the latter.[3] Hence, Mentuherkhepeshef also predeceased his father and was presumably buried in KV5 in the Valley of the Kings, a large rock-cut tomb built for the sons of Ramesses II.

See also[]


  1. Kitchen 1983.
  2. Kitchen 1983, p. 40, 56, 102.
  3. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 173.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Kitchen, K.A., 1983: Pharaoh Triumphant: The Life and Times of Ramesses II, King of Egypt. Aris & Phillips.
  • Kitchen, K.A., 1996: Ramesside Inscriptions, Translated & Annotated, Translations. Vol. II, Blackwell Publishers.