Nebet (queen)

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Nebet in hieroglyphs
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Wife of Unas

Nebet was an Egyptian Queen, the wife of King Unas. She lived during the time of the Fifth dynasty of Egypt. She was the mother of the Crown Prince Unas-ankh.


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


Nebetʻs titles are: "Great One of the hetes-sceptre" (wrt-hetes), "She who sees Horus and Seth" (m33t-hrw-stsh), "Great of Praises" (wrt-hzwt), "King’s Wife, his beloved" (hmt-nisw meryt.f), "Consort and Beloved of the Two Ladies" (sm3yt-mry-nbty), "Attendant of the Great One" (khtt-wr), "Companion of Horus" (smrt-hrw), "Companion of Horus, his beloved" (smrt-hrw-meryt.f) and "Companion of Horus" (tist-hrw).

Even though she bears the titles of a queen, she is depicted in her tomb as a high-ranking woman without any of the insignia of a queen.

She had her own estates which were administered by women.[4]


  1. ^ Tyldesley, Joyce. 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