Who's Who of Egyptian people, queens and family: Maatkare


Twenty-First Dynasty

The 'Divine Adoratrice' and 'God's Wife of Amun', Maatkare was probably the daughter of Pinudjem I. She was installed in the office of what was effectively a High Priestesshood of Thebes by her father, who was himself High Priest before naming himself king. Maatkare apparently chose to be buried with her pet monkey, whose mummy was for long mistakenly thought to be that of a child. As the 'God's Wife' was dedicated to celibacy, the presence of the mummy had provoked not a little, though as it transpired, quite unwarranted, comment.

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Last Updated: June 20th, 2011