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Ancient Egyptian: Pasebakhaenniut
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"The Rising Star in the City"
Dynasty 21st Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Psusennes IOsorkon
Titles Priest of Min, Horus and Isis
Father Menkheperre
Mother Isetemakhbit (?)
Burial D22 at Abydos
For other pages by this name, see Psusennes.

Psusennes, the Hellenized version of Pasebakhaenniut (ancient Egyptian: pꜣ-sbꜣ-ḫꜥ-n-nỉwt, "The Rising Star in the City"), was an ancient Egyptian priest of the Twenty-first Dynasty during the Third Intermediate Period.


Psusennes functioned as a priest of Min, Horus and Isis at Coptos.[1]


Psusennes is a son of the High Priest of Amun Menkheperre. Although the identity of his mother remains unknown, she was probably his father's only known wife, Princess Isetemakhbit. He was likely named after Pharaoh Psusennes I, who would then be both his uncle and grandfather. Both his older brothers, Smendes II and Pinedjem II, rose to the position of High Priest of Amun. He also had two younger brothers called Hori and Ankhefenmut. His sisters include; Henuttawy, Isetemakhbit, Meritamen, and Gautseshen.[2]


Psusennes is depicted on a limestone stela (EA642) from his tomb at Abydos.[3] Psusennes is shown making an offering to Osiris, Isis, and their son, Horus. Strangely the offering had been recarved into an Isis-knot amulet and initially depicted a figure of Ma'at. The latter was an offering not meant for non-royals, which might explain the recarving to something more appropriate for Psusennes' status.[1]


Psusennes was buried in the D22 tomb at the necropolis of Abydos.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robins 2008, p. 208.
  2. Dodson 2012, p. 64-65.
  3. Stela EA642". British Museum.


  • Dodson A., 2012 (Revised 2019 edition): Afterglow of Empire: Egypt from the Fall of the New Kingdom to the Saite Renaissance. The American University in Cairo Press.
  • Robins, G., 2008: The Art of Ancient Egypt. Harvard University Press.