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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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Love and Death

Love and Death

Tsenhor, Psenese, Ituru, and Ruru, 498–494 BCE

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(p.173) 7 Love and Death
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Mrs. Tsenhor
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166341.003.0007

In 498 BCE or slightly earlier Tsenhor’s second husband Psenese becomes ill. For this reason he decides to finalize the arrangements on his inheritance, first laid down in a contract in 517 BCE. His and Tsenhor’s daughter Ruru and their son Ituru will each receive half of his property. In another contract from 494 BCE Tsenhor wraps up one of Psenese’s business deals, which probably means that Psenese had died. With an excursus on the limitations set to female choachytes during one week per month and on the famous Will of Naunakhte from New Kingdom Deir al-Medina, showing that women were free to divide their inheritance as they saw fit.

Keywords:   Choachytes, Inheritance, Menstruation, Naunakhte, Women’s rights, Old age

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