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Queen consort of Nubia and Egypt
King's Wife, King's Sister, King's Daughter, etc
A Queen from the 25th Dynasty of Egypt
Burial Pyramid in Kuru, Nubia
Spouse Pharaoh Piye
Issue unknown
Full name
Dynasty 25th Dynasty of Egypt
Father possibly Kashta
Mother possibly Queen Pebatjma
Aa17 E9
in hieroglyphs

Khensa (Khenensaiuw) was a Nubian queen dated to the Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egypt.[1]

Khensa is named as a King's Wife and King's Sister together with King Piye. This suggests she is the sister-wife of the Pharaoh and hence likely a daughter of Kashta and Pebatjma.

Her full titles include: Noble Lady (iryt p't), Great of Praises (wrt hzwt), Sweet of Love (bnrt mrwt), Beloved one of Wadjet (mryt w3Dt), Mistress of Grace (nbt im3t), Lady of all Woman (hnwt hmwt nbwt), King's Wife (hmt niswt), Great King's Wife (hmt niswt wrt), Lady of Upper and Lower Egypt (hnwt Sm'w mhw), Lady of the Two Lands (hnwt t3wy), King's Daughter (s3t niswt), King's Sister (snt niswt), and the one who pacifies the King every day (shtp niswt m hrt hrw).[2]

Khensa is attested on a statue - with Piye - dedicated to the goddess Bastet. She was buried in a pyramid at el-Kurru (Ku4). The tomb still contained parts of the funerary equipment such as an offering table, vases, canopic jars, etc.[2]


  1. ^ Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, 2004, ISBN 0-500-05128-3, p.234-240
  2. ^ a b Grajetski Ancient Egyptian Queens: a hieroglyphic dictionary Golden House Publications. p.88