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Khenut in hieroglyphs
Wife of King Unas

Khenut was a Queen of Egypt, the wife of King Unas. She lived during the time of the Fifth dynasty of Egypt. She was maybe a mother of Queen Iput I.


Khenut was buried in a double mastaba with another queen named Nebet next to the Pyramid of Unas in Saqqara.[2] The mastaba was excavated by Peter Munro.[3]

The pyramid of the Queen mother Sesheshet lies near the pyramid which belong to Khenut.


Khenut’s titles are: "Great One of the hetes-sceptre" (wrt-hetes), "She who sees Horus and Set" (m33t-hrw-stsh), "Great of Praises" (wrt-hzwt), "King’s Wife, his beloved" (hmt-nisw meryt.f), "Companion of Horus, his beloved" (smrt-hrw-meryt.f), "Consort and Beloved of the Two Ladies" (sm3yt-mry-nbty), and "Companion of Horus" (tist-hrw). Khenut may have been mentioned in the mortuary temple of Unas. Her tomb, unlike that of Queen Nebet, has suffered extensive damage.[4]


  1. ^ Joyce Tyldesley. Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2006. ISBN 0-500-05145-3
  2. ^ Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  3. ^ Peter Munro, Der Unas-Friedhof Nord-West, Bd.1, Topographisch-historische Einleitung; Das Doppelgrabe der Königinnen Nebet und Khenut. Mainz 1993
  4. ^ Grajetzki, Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Golden House Publications, London, 2005, ISBN 978-0-9547218-9-3