Khaemwaset (20th dynasty)

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Khaemwaset and RamsesIII.jpg
Khaemwaset (right) with his father Ramesses III.
Dynasty 20th Dynasty
Pharaoh Ramesses III, Ramesses IV
Father Ramesses III
Burial QV44

Khaemwaset or Khaemwase was an Ancient Egyptian prince, a son of Pharaoh Ramesses III. His name can also be found as Ramesses Khaemwaset.[1]


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in hieroglyphs

Like many of his brothers, he was named after a son of Ramesses II, Khaemwaset, and like the 19th dynasty Khaemwaset, he was a priest of Ptah in Memphis (though, unlike his namesake, not the high priest, only a sem-priest).[2] He is depicted in his father's temple at Medinet Habu.[1] Both Khaemwaset and his brother Pareherwenemef are mentioned as Eldest King's Son, which probably means that they were firstborn sons of different mothers.[3]

His well preserved tomb, QV44 (in the Valley of the Queens) was excavated by Italian archaeologists in 1903-1904.[4] A canopic jar of his is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo; his sarcophagus and probable mummy is in the Museo Egizio Turin.[5] He outlived his father and was buried under the reign of his brother Ramesses IV, since the text on the sarcophagus mentions Ramesses IV.[4]


  1. ^ a b Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson (2004) ISBN 0-500-05128-3, p.192
  2. ^ Dodson & Hilton, op.cit., p.186
  3. ^ Dodson & Hilton, op.cit., p.190
  4. ^ a b Alberto Siliotti: Guide to the Valley of the Kings. Barnes and Noble (1997). ISBN 88-8095-496-2
  5. ^ Dodson & Hilton, op.cit., p.193