Amenemhat III (father)
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Neferu-Ptah was a daughter of the Egyptian king Amenemhat III (c. 1860 BC to 1814 BC).

Neferu-Ptah is one of the first royal women whose name was written inside a cartouche. Although she never had the title 'king's wife', she must have had a special status. A burial for her was prepared in the tomb of her father at Hawara. However, she was not buried there, but in a small pyramid at Hawara. Her tomb was found intact and still contained her jewellery [1], a granite sarcophagus, three silver vases and other objects. Inside the sarcophagus were found the decayed remains of two wooden coffins. The outer one was decorated with inscribed gold foil. Identical inscriptions were found on the sarcophagus of queen Hatshepsut [2], who lived about 300 years later.


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  2. W. Grajetzki, The Coffin of the "King's Daughter" Neferuptah and the Sacrophagus of the "Great King's Wife" Hatshepsut, Göttinger Miszellen: Beitrage zur ägyptologischen Diskussion, 205 (2005), 55-66


  • N. Farag: The discovery of Neferwptah, 1971
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