Pinudjem II as Theban High Priest of Amun. From his Book of the Dead.
|High Priest of Amun|
|Reign||990–976 BC, Concurrent with the 21st Dynasty|
Pinedjem II was a High Priest of Amun at Thebes in Ancient Egypt from 990 BC to 969 BC and was the de facto ruler of the south of the country. He was married to his sister Isetemkheb D (both children of Menkheperre, the High Priest of Amun at Thebes, by Isetemkheb) and also to his niece Nesikhons, the daughter of his brother Smendes II. He succeeded Smendes II, who had a short rule.
His children by Isetemkheb D were:
- Psusennes II
- Harweben, a Chantress of Amun; buried at Bab el-Gasus
- (?) Henuttawy, God's Wife of Amun
When Pinedjem II died, his mummy, along with those of his wives and at least one daughter,Nesitanebetashru, were interred in tomb DB320 at Deir el-Bahri, above the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Subsequently, the mummies of other previous Theban-based rulers, including the much earlier 18th- and 19th-dynasty pharaohs Ahmose I, Amenhotep I, Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Thutmose III, Ramesses I, Seti I, Ramesses II, and Ramesses IX were gathered together and also laid in this tomb, which was revealed in 1881. This was done to prevent their remains from being robbed as their graves have been looted by many ancient tomb raiders.
- Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson (2004) ISBN 0-500-05128-3, pp.200-201
- Dodson & Hilton, p.200
- Dodson & Hilton, p.205
- High Priests of Amun 1080 - 775 (Thebes), accessed July 23, 2006
- Pinudjem II, accessed July 23, 2006
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