Seshemetka was an ancient Egyptian queen from the First Dynasty of Egypt, a wife of pharaoh Den and the mother of Anedjib.[2] Her royal titles were Great one of the hetes-sceptre(Wr.t-ḥts), She who sees Horus(Rmn- Ḥr.(w) ), She who carries Seth(Rnm.t-Stš).[3]

Seshemetka in hieroglyphs
Seshemetka (Seshemet ka)
Sšm.t k3
(She) who led the Ka

Very little is known about Seshemetka besides a stela discovered near Den's tomb in Abydos. Seshemetka was not the only woman identified from funerary stela. Stelae of royal women named Semat and Serethor were similarly discovered in Abydos. These women may be further wives of king Den, but nothing beyond their names is known about them.[1]

Wolfram Grajetzki (referencing Petrie, Troy and Roth) lists Seshemetka as a wife of King Djer and states that she was buried near Djer's funerary complex in Umm el-Qa'ab, Abydos.[3]


  1. ^ a b J. Tyldesley, Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt, 2006, Thames & Hudson
  2. ^ Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  3. ^ a b Grajetzki, Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Golden House Publications, London, 2005, ISBN 978-0-9547218-9-3

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