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"Rising Brother"
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Amenhotep II
Titles King's Son
Overseer of the Horses
Father Amenhotep II
Burial KV35

Webensenu (ancient Egyptian: wbn-snw, "Rising Brother") was an ancient Egyptian Prince of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Webensenu was the son of Pharaoh Amenhotep II.[1] The identity of his mother remains unknown. He was a (half-)brother of Pharaoh Thutmose IV.


Webensenu is mentioned, along with his brother Nedjem, on a statue of Minmose, who is Overseer of the Works at Karnak.[2] Webensenu himself is said to have held the title "Overseer of the Horses".[3]


Webensenu was buried in KV35, his father Amenhotep II's rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Kings, since his canopic jars and shabtis were found in the tomb.[4] This is the earliest example of a family burial in a royal tomb of the Eighteenth Dynasty.[5]


Two mummies found in KV35 have been attributed to Webensenu. The first being that of a young boy,[6] who died around the age of ten and was found along with the mummies of Queen Tiye and The Younger Lady. The other being the so-called Mummy on the Boat, who appeared to have been an adult male, but unfortunately it was destroyed by modern tomb robbers in 1901 and now lost. Both these mummies could also have been the remains of Crown Prince Thutmose, the eldest son of Amenhotep III.


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 141.
  2. Helck 1956, p. 1447.
  3. Fletcher 2016.
  4. Bryan 2000, p. 248.
  5. Kawai 2000, p. 43.
  6. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 135, 141.


  • Bryan, B., 2000: The 18th Dynasty before the Amarna Period. In Ian Shaw (ed.): The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford, New York.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Fletcher, J., 2016: The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Sahped the World. Hodder & Stoughton, London.
  • Helck, W., 1956: Urkunden der 18. Dynastie, Heft 18. Berlin.
  • Kawai, N., 2000: Development of the Burial Assemblage of the Eighteenth Dynasty Royal Tombs. J-STAGE, Vol. 35.