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"Lady of the Sycamore Tree"
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Amenhotep III
Titles King's Great Wife
Father Amenhotep III (?)
Mother Tiye (?)
Spouse(s) Amenhotep III
Burial Wadi Bairiya

Nebetnehat (ancient Egyptian: nbt-nḥt, "Lady of the Sycamore Tree") was an ancient Egyptian Queen of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Family[]

Nebetnehat was a queen consort of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and perhaps a relatively close family member as well; maybe his daughter or sister. Her name was initially only known from a canopic fragment found in the Valley of the Queens.[1] Her name was written inside a cartouche, indicating she rose to queenship. Amenhotep III is said to have had eight daughters with his wife Queen Tiye. Assuming Nebetnehat held the title of King's Great Wife, she may have been one of the eldest daughters of Amenhotep III and Tiye, who all held this title under their father's reign.[2]

Burial[]

Due to the first discovery of her name on a canopic fragment in the Valley of the Queens necropolis, she was initially believed to have been interred there. However, more recently Piers Litherland's clearance of four shaft tombs at the mouth of Wadi Bairiya brought to light burials of a group of court women of Amenhotep III's reign, including Queen Nebetnehat.[3]

References[]

  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 141.
  2. Dodson & Hilton 2004.
  3. Litherland 2018.

Bibliography[]

  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Litherland, P., 2018: The Western Wadis of the Theban Necropolis.
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