Amenirdis I

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Amenirdis I (Khaneferumut) was a God's Wife of Amun in ancient Egypt.[1]

She was a Kushite princess, the daughter of Pharaoh Kashta and Queen Pebatjma. She is likely to have been the sister of pharaohs Shabaka and Piye.[1][2] Kashta arranged to have Amenirdis I adopted by the Divine Adoratrice of Amun, Shepenupet I, at Thebes as her successor.[3] This shows that Kashta already controlled Upper Egypt prior to the reign of Piye, his successor.[4]

She ruled as high priestess approximately between 714 and 700 BCE, under the reigns of Shabaka and Shabataka, and she adopted Piye's daughter Shepenupet II as her successor. Upon her death, she was buried in a tomb in the grounds of Medinet-Habu.[1]

She is depicted in the Osiris-Hekadjet ('Osiris, Ruler of Eternity') temple in the Karnak temple complex, and in Wadi Gasus, along with Shepenupet I. She is mentioned on two offering tables, five statues, a stela and several small objects including scarabs.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson (2004) ISBN 0-500-05128-3, p.238
  2. ^ Ian Shaw, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Oxford University Press 2003. p.347
  3. ^ Alexander J. Peden, The Graffiti of Pharaonic Egypt: Scope and Roles of Informal Writings (c. 3100-332 B.C.), Brill Academic Publishers 2001. p.276
  4. ^ László Török, The Kingdom of Kush: Handbook of the Napatan-Meroitic Civilization. (Handbuch der Orientalistik 31), Brill 1997. p.149
Preceded by
Shepenupet I
God's Wife of Amun Succeeded by
Shepenupet II
Preceded by
Shepenupet I
Divine Adoratrice of Amun Succeeded by
Shepenupet II