Ahmose (Princess) Mummy
Ahmose was a princess of ancient Egypt who lived during the 17th dynasty, approximately 1550 BCE to 1292 BCE. She was the daughter of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II and Queen Ahhotep I, and sister of Pharaoh Kamose and the first pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, Ahmose I.
Ahmose was famous as
a warrior princess and was very important to her family and to the political climate of ancient Egypt. During her lifetime, the Hyksos, an Asiatic people, had invaded and occupied parts of Egypt. Ahmose’s father, Seqenenre Tao II, led a campaign against them and died in battle. Ahmose’s brother, Kamose, continued the fight against the Hyksos until his death. It was then that Ahmose’s younger brother, Ahmose I, took the throne and finally drove out the Hyksos. Although Ahmose was not a queen or a pharaoh, she held a considerable amount of power in ancient Egyptian society. Everyone respected her and revered for her bravery and intelligence.
Ahmose died at a relatively young age
likely in her 30s. Her mummified remains were there in a tomb in Thebes in 1859. Her mummy was well-preserved, and archaeologists were able to learn much about her life and death through various tests and examinations. Ahmose died of a medical condition, possibly from complications during childbirth. Her mummy showed evidence of multiple pregnancies, and her pelvis was discovered to be deformed, indicating that she may have had difficulties giving birth. Her mummified remains were decorated with beautiful jewelry and were wrapped in fine linen bandages.
Ahmose’s life may have been short, but she left a lasting impact on ancient Egypt. Her bravery and intelligence inspired respect and admiration, both during her lifetime and for centuries after her death. Her mummy is a fascinating artifact that provides insight into the lives of ancient Egyptian women and their important role in society.