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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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So Who Gets the Kids?

So Who Gets the Kids?

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Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines Menatnakhte's relationship with the workman Weserhat. Despite the fact that Menatnakhte was married to—or officially cohabited with—the workman Qenna, she had apparently also found time to have sexual relatoins with Weserhat. The verso of the Turin Strike Papyrus (P. Turin Cat. 1880) contains a number of memos mentioning Weserhat. One entry mentions three daughters whom Weserhat apparently refuses to give up, leading some authors to believe that his wife had died and that he now needed a wet nurse to bring up his children. A passage in the Turin Strike Papyrus has also been interpreted as a property division between a husband and his wife as the result of a divorce. The chapter considers the possibility that this property division between Weserhat and Menatnakhte could actually also be a financial agreement on account of their marriage. It also discusses the charges, mentioned in the Turin Strike Papyrus, brought forward by the workman Penanuqet against Weserhat.

Keywords:   marriage, Menatnakhte, Weserhat, Qenna, Turin Strike Papyrus, daughters, property division, divorce, Penanuqet

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