Mutnofret

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Mutnofret
in hieroglyphs
A Queen from the New Kingdom

Mutnofret (“Mut is Beautiful”) was a queen during the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt. She was a secondary wife of Thutmose I and the mother of Thutmose II.[1]

Based on her titles of King's Daughter and King's Sister, she is likely to have been a daughter of Ahmose I and a sister of Amenhotep I,[2] although the chief wife of Thutmose I was not Mutnofret, but Queen Ahmose.

It is likely that she was the mother of Thutmose I's other sons – Amenmose, Wadjmose and Ramose – as well.[3]

She was depicted in the Deir el-Bahri temple built by her grandson Thutmose III; on a stela found at the Ramesseum; on the colossus of her son; and a statue of her--bearing a dedication by Thutmose II--was found in Wadjmose's chapel.[4] This suggests that Mutnofret was still alive during her son's reign.[5]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, 2004, ISBN 0-500-05128-3, p.139
  2. ^ Dodson & Hilton, p.126
  3. ^ Joyce Tyldesley, Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh, Penguin Books, 1998, ISBN 0-14-024464-6
  4. ^ Dodson & Hilton, p.139
  5. ^ Ian Shaw [ed.]: The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, pp.231 & 236

External links[edit]

  • Hatshepsut: from Queen to Pharaoh, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Mutnofret (see index)