Amenemnisu

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Amenemnisu
Pharaoh of Egypt
Reign 1051–1047 BC, 21st Dynasty
Predecessor Smendes
Successor Psusennes I
Died 1047 BC
Burial Unknown

Neferkare Amenemnisu was a pharaoh during the 21st Dynasty of ancient Egypt.

Amenemnisu's existence was only confirmed in 1940 when the tomb of his successor Psusennes I was discovered by Pierre Montet. A gold bow cap inscribed with both Amenemnisu's royal name, Neferkare, and that of his successor Psusennes I was discovered in the tomb of Psusennes I.[1] Previously, his existence had been doubted as no objects naming him had been discovered. However, the memory of his short rule as the second pharaoh of the 21st Dynasty was preserved in Manetho's Epitome as a king Nephercheres who is assigned a short reign of 4 years. Amenemnisu's name means "Amun is King" in Egyptian.[2]

While his reign is generally obscure, the then High Priest of Amun at Thebes, Menkheperre, is known to have pardoned several leaders of a rebellion against the High Priest's authority during Amenemnisu's reign.[3] These rebels had previously been exiled to the Western Oasis of Egypt in Year 25 of Smendes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ K.A. Kitchen, The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt (c. 1100-650 BC), Warminster, 3rd ed. 1996. p. 261
  2. ^ Peter Clayton, Chronicle of the Pharaohs, Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1994. p. 178
  3. ^ K.A. Kitchen, 1996, p. 261