Ahmose-Inhapy or Ahmose-Inhapi (referred to as Anhapou by Maspero). She was a princess and queen of the late 17th Dynasty and early 18th Dynasty.

Life of Ahmose-inhapy

Ahmose-Inhapy  was probably a daughter of Pharaoh Senakhtenre and was sister to Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao, the queens Ahhotep and Sitdjehuti. She probably married Seqenenre Tao. It is possible she dates to the later time of Ahmose I (or even Amenhotep I).

She had a daughter named Ahmose-Henuttamehu. Ahmose Inhapy was mentioned in a copy of the Book of the Dead owned by her daughter Ahmose-Henuttamehu, and in the tomb of Amenemhat (TT53). Her titles were: King’s Wife and King’s Daughter.


Mummy of Ahmose-inhapy

Death and burial

A tomb made for Inhapy in Thebes; her mummy later reburied in DB320 where it was discovered in 1881. It is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

In fact, the mummy found in the outer coffin of Lady Rai, the nurse of Inhapy’s niece Queen Ahmose-Nefertari. Gaston Maspero unwrapped it on June 26, 1886. Examined later by Grafton Elliot Smith. He described Inhapi as a big, strong-built woman with a strong resemblance to her brother. Smith dates her burial to the later years of the reign of Ahmose I. The mummy had a garland of flowers around its neck. The body laid out with her arms by her side, and the skin of the mummy was of a dark-brown color.

In fact, the outer layer of the skin was still present and no evidence of salt found. This may mean that the body not immersed in natron as described by Herodotus, Diodorus and others. An incision made in the left side to allow for the removal of the organs and the cavity may treated with natron. The body sprinkled with aromatic powdered wood and wrapped in resin soaked linen.