Queen Ashayet

Updated: May 19

Ashayet or Ashait was an ancient Egyptian queen consort, a wife of Mentuhotep II in the 11th Dynasty. Her tomb (DBXI.17) and small decorated chapel were found in Mentuhotep II'sDeir el-Bahari temple complex.[1] The shrine and burial to Ashayet was found along with the tombs of four other women in their twenties and a young girl, Henhenet, Kawit, Kemsit, Sadeh and Mayet.[2] However, it is likely that there were three other additional shrines that were destroyed in the expansions of Mentuhotep II's burial complex.[2][3] The nine shrines were built in the First Intermediate Period, prior to Mentuhotep II's reunification of Egypt.[2][3] She and three other women of the six bore queenly titles, and most of them were Priestesses of Hathor.[citation needed] The location of their burial is significant to their titles as Priestesses of Hathor as the cliffs of Deir el-Bahri were sacred to Hathor from the Old Kingdom onwards.[2]


Title: Painting on the inner front side of the sarcophagus of Queen Ashayet

Accession Number 48.105.32 Collection The Met Museum

Reign: Dynasty 11, Reign of Mentuhotep II

Date: 2051–2030 BC



Object name/Title Facsimile, Aashyt, sarcophagus



Dimensions H. 36.3 × W. 109.5 cm (14 5/16 × 43 1/8 in.); Framed: H. 38.1 × W. 111.5 cm (15 × 43 7/8 in.); Scale. 1:2

Medium Tempera on paper



Place of Discovery Thebes West, Deir el-Bahari, Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep II

Period Middle Kingdom - 11th Dynasty


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