Era: New Kingdom
(1550–1069 BC)
Egyptian hieroglyphs

Mutnofret (“Mut is Beautiful”), also rendered as Mutneferet or Mutnefert, was a queen during the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. She was a secondary wife of Thutmose IQueen Ahmose was the chief wife—and the mother of Thutmose II.[1]

A Queen from the New Kingdom

Based on her titles of King's Daughter and King's Sister, she is likely to have been a daughter of Ahmose I and a sister of Amenhotep I.[2] It is likely that she was also the mother of Thutmose I's other sons, Amenmose, Wadjmose and Ramose.[3]

She was depicted in the Deir el-Bahri temple built by her grandson Thutmose III; on a stela found at the Ramesseum; on the colossus of her son; and a statue of her bearing a dedication by Thutmose II was found in Wadjmose's chapel.[4] This suggests that Mutnofret was still alive during her son's reign.[5]


  1. ^ Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, 2004, ISBN 0-500-05128-3, p.139
  2. ^ Dodson & Hilton, p.126
  3. ^ Joyce Tyldesley, Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh, Penguin Books, 1998, ISBN 0-14-024464-6
  4. ^ Dodson & Hilton, p.139
  5. ^ Ian Shaw [ed.]: The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, pp.231 & 236

External linksEdit

  • Hatshepsut: from Queen to Pharaoh, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Mutnofret (see index)