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Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Hatshepsut
Titles Chancellor
Commander of the Troops
Royal Sealbearer
Burial QV70
For other pages by this name, see Nehesy.

Nehesy (transliteration: nḥsy, meaning: "Nubian") was an ancient Egyptian high official under Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Nehesy held the office of Chancellor and was a Troop Commander and Royal Sealbearer. He is depicted in the "Punt Reliefs" in the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari where he is described as having been responsible for dispatching Hatshepsut's expedition to the land of Punt.[1] This has been interpreted by some as his having led the expedition from beginning to end.[2] The expeditionary force comprised five ships, each seventy feet long, accommodating 210 men including sailors and 30 rowers. Among the company were people who made records of the fauna, flora and the inhabitants of Punt.[3]


Nehesy had a tomb built for him at Saqqara, but was presumably interred in his QV70 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Queens.


  1. Breasted 1906, §290.
  2. Wallis Budge 1925, p. 52.
  3. Ray 2002, p. 50.


  • Breasted, J.H., 1906: Ancient Records of Egypt. Part Two. Chicago.
  • Ray, J.D., 2002: Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt. Ford University Press.
  • Wallis Budge, E.A., 1925: The Mummy: A Handbook of Egyptian Funerary Archaeology.