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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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Earth and Water

Earth and Water

Tsenhor, Ruru, and Nesamunhotep, 497–491 BCE

(p.195) 8 Earth and Water
Mrs. Tsenhor

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

In 497 BCE Tsenhor’s daughter Ruru concludes a contract for her services as a choachyte, which probably means that she had taken over her mother’s business. Tsenhor would be well into her fifties by now, and probably much too weak to service all the mummies in the Theban necropolis by herself, even though in 491 BCE Tsenhor still receives a choachyte’s share from her (half) brother Nesamunhotep. With an excursus on two papyri from the Louvre which appear to belong to Tsenhor’s archive.

Keywords:   Choachytes, Necropolis, Thebes, Archive

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