People - Ancient Egypt: Masaherta
THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD 21st Dynasty (1054-1046) Southern Ruler at Thebes. The capital moves from Tanis to Libyan, to Nubia, to Thebes,
to SAIS, and then back to Nubia and Thebes.
Masaherta in Wikipedia
Masaharta or Masaherta was the High Priest of Amun at Thebes between 1054 BC and 1045 BC.
His father was Pinedjem I, who was the Theban High Priest of Amun and de facto ruler of Upper Egypt from 1070 BC, then declared
himself pharaoh in 1054 BC and Masaharta succeeded him as high priest. His mother was probably Duathathor-Henuttawy, the daughter
of Ramesses XI, last ruler of the 20th dynasty. His aunt Tentamun, another daughter of Ramesses married Pharaoh Smendes I, who
ruled Lower Egypt. One of Masaharta's brothers was Psusennes I, who followed Smendes's successor, the short-lived Amenemnisu as
Masaharta was responsible for the restoration of the mummy of Amenhotep I in the 16th regnal year of Smendes. Several of his
inscriptions are known from the Karnak temple of Amenhotep II, from ram-headed sphinxes also in Karnak, and a large falcon
statue. He died of illness around the 24th regnal year at el-Hiba. His mummy was found in the Deir el-Bahri cache along with
several family members; it is now in Luxor. He was succeeded as high priest by his brother Djedkhonsuefankh, who served only
for a short time and was followed by another brother, Menkheperre. The God's Wife of Amun was their sister Maatkare during
His wife is likely to have been the Singer of Amun Tayuheret, whose mummy was found in the Deir el-Bahri cachette. It is
possible that he had a daughter called Isetemkheb, since a lady by this name is called the daughter of a high priest on her
funerary objects; it is also possible, though, that she was Menkheperre's daughter.
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