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Mrs. TsenhorA Female Entrepreneur in Ancient Egypt$
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166341

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166341.001.0001

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Burekhef and Ituru, 507–487 BCE

(p.155) 6 Cattle
Mrs. Tsenhor

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

In ancient Egyptian families, inherited property such as land was often managed by the eldest son on behalf of his siblings. In Tsenhor’s case one may perhaps surmise that the land owned by her father and inherited by her and her three (half) brothers was cultivated together. Maybe the siblings even shared the duties and income connected with their father’s mortuary business. In 507 BCE Tsenhor’s half-brother Burekhef paid for the lease of a cow, probably for the cultivation of the family land, since the contract written for the occasion was found with Tsenhor’s papers. Twenty years later, Tsenhor’s son Ituru is seen swapping his cow for another. Excursus on the Turin collection of Tsenhor papyri and ushabtis in Late Period tombs.

Keywords:   Eldest son, Cattle, Lease, Agriculture, Tsenhor’s son, Turin collection, Ushabti, Late Period

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