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Kushite Queen of Meroe
Bracelet from the tomb of Amanishakheto in Nubia.
Predecessor Amanirenas
Successor Amanitore
Full name
Burial Meroe (Beg. N 6)

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

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]

The Meroe pyramids. N6, the tomb of Amanishakheto, is highlighted.

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.


  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 reading

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

External links

  • The treasure of the queen (English)
  • Stela found in Naqa
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