Ahmose (queen)

Ahmose was an ancient Egyptian queen in the Eighteenth Dynasty. She was the Great Royal Wife of the dynasty's third pharaoh, Thutmose I, and the mother of the queen and pharaoh Hatshepsut. Her name means "Born of the Moon".

Queen consort of Egypt, Great Royal Wife
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Queen Ahmose, her husband Thutmose I, and oldest daughter
Deir el-Bahari
SpouseThutmose I
Egyptian name
Dynasty18th of Egypt
ReligionAncient Egyptian religion


Prince Sipair, unknown royal lady, Queen Ahmose, Queen Tures and Queen Henuttamehu

It is not known who Ahmose's father and mother were.[1] It has been suggested that Ahmose was either a daughter of pharaoh Amenhotep I or a daughter of pharaoh Ahmose I and possibly Ahmose I's sister-wife Ahmose-Nefertari. Ahmose was never called a King's Daughter. This fact creates some doubt about these theories about Ahmose's royal family connections. However, Ahmose did hold the title King's Sister. This may suggest that she was a sister of pharaoh Thutmose I.[2]

Ahmose is identified with an impressive array of titles: Hereditary Princess (iryt-p`t), Great of Praises (wrt-hzwt), Mistress of Great Beloved Sweetness (nebt-bnrt-‘3(t)-mrwt), Great King’s Wife, his beloved (hmt-niswt-wrt meryt.f), Mistress of Gladness (hnwt-ndjm-ib), Lady of all Women (hnwt-hmwt-nbwt), Mistress of the Two Lands (hnwt-t3wy), Companion of Horus (zm3yt-hrw), Beloved Companion of Horus (zm3yt-hrw-mryt.f), King’s Sister (snt-niswt)[3]

Ahmose was the Great Royal Wife of Thutmose I. She is depicted in Deir-el-Bahari and she appears there with a daughter named Neferubity. Ahmose was also the mother of the queen-pharaoh Hatshepsut. It is not known with certainty whether Princes Amenmose and Wadjmose were her sons. They are generally thought to be the sons of Queen Mutnofret, another wife of Tuthmose I.

Monuments and inscriptionsEdit

An official named Yuf served as the second prophet of the dues (S'w) of the altar, the door-keeper of the temple, and as a priest. He also served a number of royal women. He first served queen Ahhotep, the mother of pharaoh Ahmose I, he was responsible for repairing the disturbed tomb of Queen Sobekemsaf, and eventually served Queen Ahmose. Yuf recorded that Queen Ahmose appointed him as assistant treasurer and entrusted him with the service to a statue of her majesty[4]

Ahmose features prominently in the divine conception scenes. Hatshepsut had scenes created showing how the god Amun approached her mother, Ahmose, and how she (Hatshepsut) was of divine birth. The inscriptions show how the god Thoth first mentions Queen Ahmose to Amun. "Ahmose is her name, the beneficent, mistress of [--], She is the wife of the king Aakheperkare (Thutmose I), given life forever" (from Breasted's Ancient Records).[5] The god Amun then proceeds to the palace and makes himself known to the Queen. They proceed to conceive a child and Amun declares that she should be named Khnemet-Amun-Hatshepsut. Amun proceeds to the god Khnum and instructs him to create Hatshepsut. The scenes continue to show the confinement of the queen and the birth of her divine daughter.

Many years later Pharaoh Amenhotep III copied these scenes almost exactly to show how Amun visited his mother queen Mutemwiya and conceived the royal prince.


  1. ^ Dodson, Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, 2004
  2. ^ Tyldesley, J, Chronicles of the Queens of Egypt, 2006
  3. ^ W. Grajetzki: Ancient Egyptian Queens: a hieroglyphic dictionary.
  4. ^ James Henry Breasted: Ancient Records of Egypt. Vol II, Chicago 1906, S. 44–46 [1]
  5. ^ J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records: The Eighteenth Dynasty