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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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Was Neferhotep a Wimp?

Was Neferhotep a Wimp?

(p.127) 10 Was Neferhotep a Wimp?
Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on Naunakhte's son, Neferhotep. Bernard Bruyère found two fragments of a limestone seat in the village containing the names of both Neferhotep and his brother Maaninakhtef. This could mean two things: the two men shared a house or this could actually be their carpenter's shop. Apart from being a workman, a colophon made by Neferhotep's brother Amunnakhte in one of the Chester Beatty papyri also refers to him as a carpenter. In Naunakhte's last will Neferhotep was excluded from the main part of the inheritance because he always asked her for support. Naunakhte's decision suggests that Neferhotep was a wimp who was unable to make ends meet, and instead of supporting his mother in her old age she had to support him. Nevertheless, Neferhotep contested her will after she died. The chapter also considers two court cases involving Neferhotep and laid before the divine oracle.

Keywords:   inheritance, Naunakhte, Neferhotep, Maaninakhtef, carpenter, Amunnakhte, last will, court cases, divine oracle

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