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Mrs. Naunakhte & FamilyThe Women of Ramesside Deir al-Medina$
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167737

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167737.001.0001

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A Day in the Life of Menatnakhte

A Day in the Life of Menatnakhte

(p.89) 7 A Day in the Life of Menatnakhte
Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the Will of Naunakhte from the perspective of one of Naunakhte's daughters, Menatnakhte. The Will of Naunakhte is the most famous case of a Deir al-Medina woman dividing her inheritance. It consists of four papyri, two of which were acquired by Alan Gardiner sometime after 1928 and are now kept at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The two other papyri were found in situ during the excavations in Deir al-Medina in 1928. In her last will, Naunakhte states that some of her children will not inherit from her, because they had not looked after her when she was old. The inheritance divided by Naunakhte included the property of her first husband, Qenhirkhopshef and the property acquired by her and her second husband, Khaemnun. This chapter considers the possibility that Naunakhte's will had created some dissent in the family.

Keywords:   inheritance, Will of Naunakhte, Naunakhte, Menatnakhte, Deir al-Medina, papyri, children, property, Qenhirkhopshef, Khaemnun

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