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"Like Beauty"
QV42 Minefer

An unnamed queen depicted in QV42, possibly Minefer.

Dynasty 20th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses III
Titles King's Wife (?)
King's Mother
Spouse(s) Ramesses III
Issue Pareherwenemef, Ramesses VIII
Burial QV42

Minefer (ancient Egyptian: mỉ-nfr, "Like Beauty") was an ancient Egyptian King's Wife of the Twentieth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Titles[]

Minefer is attested on one of her ushabtis with the title King's Mother (mwt-nswt).[1] She therefore probably held the title of King's Wife (ḥmt-nswt) as well, and perhaps even the greater title of King's Great Wife (ḥmt-nswt-wrt), though the latter remains highly speculative.

Family[]

Minefer's parentage remains unknown, though she might have been a commoner. Inscriptions on ushabtis found during LeBlanc's re-excavation of QV42 in 1990-1991 and in front of QV45 suggest that she was interred with her probable son Prince Pareherwenemef.[1] If so, she would have been a consort of Pharaoh Ramesses III. Given her title "King's Mother", she was probably also the mother of prince Setherkhepeshef, who ascended to the throne as Ramesses VIII.

Burial[]

Minefer was buried in her son Pareherwenemef's QV42 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Queens.[1] The whereabouts of her mummy remain unknown.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Demas & Agnew 2012.

Bibliography[]

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