Meresankh IV

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For other royal ladies named Meresankh, see Meresankh (given name).
Meresankh IV
Meresankh shown on stela
Stela showing Meresankh IV,
from her tomb in Saqqara[1]
Resting place
tomb 82 in Saqqara
Religion Ancient Egyptian religion
Spouse(s) possibly Menkauhor Kaiu, possibly Djedkare Isesi
Children Raemka and Kaemtjenent

Meresankh IV was a queen of Egypt in the 5th dynasty. Her name means "she loves life". While some sources consider that her husband is unknown,[2] other sources suggest her husband was Pharaoh Menkauhor Kaiu.[3][4] It is also possible that Meresankh was the wife of Djedkare Isesi.[5]

Meresankh IV may have had sons: Raemka and Kaemtjenent. The family relationship between Meresankh and Raemka and Kaemtjenent is based on the general dating of their monuments, mastabas in Saqqara. It is possible that Kaemtjenent may have been a son of Djedkare Isesi rather than Menkauhor Kaiu.[3]

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Meresankh IV
in hieroglyphs

The titles of Meresankh IV were: Great one of the hetes-sceptre, King’s Wife, Great of Praises, She who sees Horus and Seth, Priestess of Thoth, Priestess of Tjazepef, Directress of the butchers in the acacia house, Attendant of Horus, Companion of Horus, Consort and beloved of the Two Ladies, Companion of Horus.[2]

She was buried in tomb 82 in Saqqara[2][3] - tomb D5 in Marriete's Mastaba. The tomb only had one chamber and there were no inscriptions on the walls. The text recording Meresankh comes from a stela found in the tomb along with a serdab.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mariette, Auguste. Les Mastabas de l'Ancien Empire. Publiés d'après le manuscrit de l'auteur par Gaston Maspero. Paris: F. Vieweg, 1889.
  2. ^ a b c Grajetzki, Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Golden House Publications, London, 2005, ISBN 978-0-9547218-9-3
  3. ^ a b c Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  4. ^ Joyce Tyldesley, Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt, Thames and Hudson, 2006
  5. ^ Cambridge Ancient History Volume 1 Part 2, 2008