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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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Marriage: The Final Step

Marriage: The Final Step

(p.225) 17 Marriage: The Final Step
Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on marriage in Deir al-Medina. It begins with an overview of the marriage procedure or ceremony in the village, and cites indications that a formal divorce (at least in some instances) required an official statement made in court to dissolve a marriage. It then considers several ostraca describing how the future son-in-law carries some gift to the house of his prospective father-in-law, hoping to marry the latter's daughter, including one that summarizes various marital property arrangements from the ninth century BCE. It also examines an undated text that may contain the remains of an oath on the occasion of a marriage (O. Varille 30) and concludes with a discussion of the marriage between Naunakhte (twelve or slightly older) and Qenhirkhopshef (fifty-something).

Keywords:   marriage, Deir al-Medina, divorce, son-in-law, father-in-law, marital property, Naunakhte, Qenhirkhopshef

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