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Viceroy of Kush
Yuny and Renenutet.jpg
Statue of Yuny and his wife Renenutet, 1290–1270 BCE. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Predecessor Amenemopet
Successor Heqanakht
Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh Seti I, Ramesses II
Wife Renenutet
Burial Deir Durunka

Yuny or Iuny was an official through the reign of Ramesses II, in the 19th Dynasty, serving as chief scribe of the court, the overseer of priests, and royal steward. His tomb at Deir Durunka, south of Assiut, portrays Yuny as an hereditary prince and a count. A life-sized statue of him was discovered in his tomb.

Viceroy of Kush[edit]

Yuni served as Head of the-stable-of-Seti-I, Charioteer of His Majesty, and Chief of the Medjay before becoming Viceroy during the reign of Seti I.[1] He would use some of these titles simultaneously. On a stela from Abydos -now in the Cairo Museum (Jd'E 34620) - the inscription reads:

Made by the Superintendent of Deserts in the Southern Foreign country, Viceroy in Nubia (Ta-Sety), Chief of Works in the Estate of Amun, Chief of the Madjayu-militia, Iuny.(Kitchen) [2]

Yuni started the Egyptian building projects at Amara West and Aksha.[3] It was "on his orders that the first blocks of the Abu Simbel temples were cut.[3] Yuny commemorated his work with a rock-cut scene showing himself standing before Ramesses II on the Abu Simbel cliff.[3] After ten years under Ramesses II, Yuny retired from his post in Nubia.[3] He was succeeded by Heqanakht.


  • Abydos stela (Cairo JdE 34620) Yuny is shown adoring the Abydos Triad consisting of Osiris, Isis and Horus.[2]
  • Abu Simbel Rock Stela No.10 The Viceroy Yuny appears before Pharaoh Ramesses II, who is seated on a throne.[2]


  1. ^ The Viceroys of Ethiopia (II) by George A. Reisner The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 6, No. 1. (Jan., 1920), pp. 73-88.
  2. ^ a b c Kitchen, K.A., Ramesside Inscriptions, Translated & Annotated, Translations, Volume III, Blackwell Publishers, 1996
  3. ^ a b c d Joyce Tyldesley, Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaohs, Penguin Books, 2001 paperback, p.167

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