Amanishakheto was a Kandake of Kush. She seems to have reigned from 10 BC to 1 AD, although most dates of Kushite history before the Middle Ages are very uncertain.

Kushite Queen of Meroe
Relief Amanishakheto Munich.JPG
Stele of Amanishakheto (center) from the temple of Amun in Naqa
Meroe (Beg. N 6)

In Meroitic hieroglyphs her name is written "Amanikasheto" (Mniskhte or (Am)niskhete). In Meroitic cursive she is referred to as Amaniskheto qor kd(ke) which means Amanishakheto, Qore and Kandake ("Ruler and Queen").[1]


Amanishakheto is known from several monuments. She is mentioned in the Amun-temple of Kawa, on a stela from Meroe, and in inscriptions of a palace building found at Wad ban Naqa, from a stela found at Qasr Ibrim, another stela from Naqa and her pyramid at Meroe (Beg. no. N6).[1]

Amanishakheto is best known for a collection of jewelry found in her pyramid in 1834 by Italian treasure hunter Giuseppe Ferlini, who destroyed the pyramid in search of its burial goods.[2] These pieces are now in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and in the Egyptian Museum of Munich.

Great pyramid N6 of the Pyramids of Meroë, belonging to Queen Amanishakheto, before and after its destruction by the treasure-hunter Giuseppe Ferlini in the 1830s



  1. ^ a b László Török, The kingdom of Kush: handbook of the Napatan-Meroitic Civilization
  2. ^ Welsby, D. 1998: The kingdom of Kush: the Napatan and Meroitic empire. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, pp. 86 and 185.

Further readingEdit

  • Laszlo Török, in: Fontes Historiae Nubiorum Vol. II, p. 723–725 (Bergen, 1996). ISBN 82-91626-01-4

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