Wentawat (also written as Wentawuat), was Viceroy of Kush under Ramesses IX, during the 20th Dynasty. He was a son of the Viceroy Nahihor.[1]

Viceroy of Kush
Funerary stele of Wentawat, EA 792
Dynasty20th Dynasty
PharaohRamesses IX
ChildrenRamessesnakht, Nahihor

Wentawat's titles include: King's son of Kush, overseer of the Gold Lands of Amun-Ra King of the Gods, Head of the stable of the Court. First of His Majesty (i.e. charioteer), Door-opener, Steward of Amun at Khnum-Weset, High Priest of Amun of Khnum-Weset, First prophet of Amun of Ramesses.[2]

He is known from a stela now in the British Museum (EA 792).[3][4] This stela shows Wentawat, his wife Tausert (also written as Tawosret) and his son Nahihor (or Naherhu), who held the title of Head of the stable of the Residence.[5][6] Another son, Ramessesnakht, succeeded his father as Viceroy of Kush, which makes for a viceregal 'dynasty' of three generations.[6]
Wentawat is also known from a damaged granite statuette depicting him while kneeling and holding the figure of a god; it was found in 1902 interred inside the Karnak great temple, next to the 7th pylon. It is now located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (CG 42158 / JE 36816).[7][8]

References edit

  1. ^ Amin A. M. A. Amer, op. cit., p. 28
  2. ^ George A. Reisner, "The Viceroys of Ethiopia (II)", Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 6 (1920) n.1.
  3. ^ E. A. Wallis Budge, British Museum. A Guide to the Egyptian galleries (sculpture), 1909, pl. 25.
  4. ^ Kenneth Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions: Historical and Biographical vol. VI, Oxford: B. H. Blackwell Ltd., p. 525
  5. ^ Topographical Bibliography Vol VIII, retrieved from Griffith Institute website May 2010
  6. ^ a b Amin A. M. A. Amer, op. cit., p. 29
  7. ^ Georges Legrain, Statues et statuettes de rois et de particuliers, in Catalogue général des antiquités égyptiennes du Musée du Caire, Le Caire, 1909. II, pp. 25-26; pl. 22.
  8. ^ Kenneth Kitchen, op. cit., p. 526

Further reading edit

  • Jaroslav Černý, Two King's Sons of Kush of the Twentieth Dynasty, KUSH VII (1959), 71–75.
  • Amin A. M. A. Amer, Wentawat, Viceroy of Nubia, and his family, SAK 27 (1999), 27–31.