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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 Boy with a Golden Pair of Hands

A Boy with a Golden Pair of Hands

(p.105) 8 A Boy with a Golden Pair of Hands
Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on Maaninakhtef, the son of Naunakhte and Khaemnun. It is not clear where Maaninakhtef came in the line of succession, although when Naunakhte's children went to clear out their mother's house and took turns picking the items of their choice, he was quite often last in line. On the other hand, these were only the household goods, not the most valuable items of the lot. Maaninakhtef was part of the regular workforce, and O. Berlin P 14262 connects him with carpentry. This chapter also considers the recent archaeological excavations in the workmen's settlement in the Valley of the Kings by the Swiss team led by Andreas Dorn; these excavations have yielded multiple new practice letters on ostraca that Maaninakhtef wrote to the vizier Neferrenpet but never actually sent. Finally, it discusses the question of why the library of the scribe Qenhirkhopshef was passed on to Maaninakhtef when the latter's brother Amunnakhte died.

Keywords:   carpentry, Maaninakhtef, Naunakhte, Khaemnun, archaeological excavations, Valley of the Kings, Andreas Dorn, letters, library, Qenhirkhopshef

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