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Menwi
Manuwai
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Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Thutmose III
Titles King's Wife
Spouse(s) Thutmose III
Burial Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud

Menwi or Manuwai (ancient Egyptian: mnwỉ) was an ancient Egyptian King's Wife of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Family[]

Menwi was a minor foreign-born wife of Pharaoh Thutmose III. Her parentage and offspring remain unknown. Both West-Semitic and Hurrian derivations have been suggested for the origin Menwi's name.[1] Thutmose III had two more foreign wives; Menhet and Merti. All three were interred together, but whether the three foreign wives were related is unknown as the faces on the lids of their canopic jars are all different.[2]

Burial[]

Menwi, Menhet and Merti are only known from the discovery of their burial in a lavishly furnished rock-cut tomb in Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, a necropolis located southwest of the Valley of the Kings.[3] The tomb is thought to have been discovered intact by local tomb robbers in 7 August 1916, but by the time a proper excavation took place only the gold and stone objects had survived as the wood and mummies had disintegrated.[4]

References[]

  1. Lilyquist et al. 2003, p. 329.
  2. Lilyquist et al. 2003, p. 333.
  3. Lilyquist et al. 2003, p. 4.
  4. Lilyquist et al. 2003, p. 678.

Bibliography[]

  • Lilyquist, C./Hoch, J.E./Peden, A.J., 2003: The Tomb of Three Foreign Wives of Tuthmosis III. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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