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Mentuherkhepeshef
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mnṯw-ḥr-ḫpš.f
"Mentu is with his Strong Arm"
Dynasty 20th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses III – ?
Titles King's Son
First Charioteer of His Majesty
Fanbearer on the King's Right Hand
Father Ramesses III
Spouse(s) Takhat
Issue Ramesses IX
Burial KV13
For other pages by this name, see Mentuherkhepeshef.

Mentuherkhepeshef (ancient Egyptian: mnṯw-ḥr-ḫpš.f, "Mentu is with his Strong Arm") was an ancient Egyptian Prince of the Twentieth Dynasty during the New Kingdom. He was a son of Pharaoh Ramesses III,[1] most likely named after Mentuherkhepeshef, the fifth son of Ramesses II, who also held the title of "First Charioteer of His Majesty".

Family[]

Mentuherkhepeshef is attested sixth in Ramesses III's procession of princes at Medinet Habu. His mother's identity remains unknown. He was a (half-)brother of later pharaohs Ramesses IV and Ramesses VIII, and probably the uncle of Ramesses VI and Ramesses VII. His wife is a lady named Takhat who bears the prominent title of "King's Mother". This development supports the hypothesis that they are most likely the parents of king Ramesses IX since no other Ramesside king had a mother by this name.[2] Ramesses IX had a son who was also named Mentuherkhepeshef, which further supports their father-son relationship.

Biography[]

Mentuherkhepeshef was the "First Charioteer of His Majesty".[3] Since Montuherkhopshef never became Pharaoh unlike his brothers and nephews, his date of death can be placed prior to Year 22 of Ramesses III (1164 BC) since his brother Ramesses IV is known to have been designated as Egypt's Crown Prince in this year.[4] However, if Ramesses IV was his older brother or – for some other reason – favored in procession, he could have lived much longer.

Burial[]

He is likely to be identical with the Prince Mentuherkhepeshef buried in the unused KV13 rock-cut tomb of Chancellor Bay in the Valley of the Kings.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 193.
  2. Settipani 1991, p. 153, 173.
  3. Kitchen 1972, p. 182-194.
  4. Van Dijk 2002, p. 306.

Bibliography[]

  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Kitchen, K.A., 1972: Ramesses VII and the Twentieth Dynasty. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 58.
  • Settipani, C., 1991: Nos ancêtres de l'Antiquité.
  • Dijk, J. van, 2002: The Amarna Period and the later New Kingdom. In: The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, ed. Ian Shaw, Oxford University Press.
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