Nakhtubasterau

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Nakhtubasterau in hieroglyphs
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Nakhtubasterau (Nakhtbastetiru) was the Great Royal Wife of Amasis II. She dates to the Twenty-sixth dynasty of Egypt.[2] Her name honors Bastet.

Biography[edit]

Nakhtubasterau was one of the wives known for Pharaoh Amasis II.[3] She is known from a stela from the Serapeum. She held the titles king's wife, his beloved, great one of the hetes sceptre and great of praises.[1]

She was the mother of two sons:

  • Pasenenkhonsu, the king's son who donated the Serapeum stela.
  • General Ahmose (D), who was buried in Giza.[3]

Burial[edit]

Nakhtubasterau was buried in Giza in a rock-cut tomb now numbered G 9550. Her anthropoid black granite sarcophagus is now in Saint Petersburg (767).[1] She was buried with her son Ahmose - sometimes called Amasis - who was a general.[4] The name of the cat-goddess Bastet was chiseled out of Nakhtubasterau's sarcophagus.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Grajetzki, Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Golden House Publications, London, 2005, ISBN 978-0-9547218-9-3
  2. ^ Tyldesley, Joyce. Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2006. ISBN 0-500-05145-3
  3. ^ a b Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  4. ^ Porter, Bertha, and Rosalind L.B. Moss. Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings 3: Memphis (Abû Rawâsh to Dahshûr). Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1931. 2nd edition. 3: Memphis, Part 1 (Abû Rawâsh to Abûsîr), revised and augmented by Jaromír Málek. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974, pp. 289-290, plan 3.
  5. ^ Lepsius, Denkmahler, Textbande 1, pg 98 Online at the University of Halle