Episode 64: Beloved Uncle


Hatshepsut (Part IV): The Queen’s Ally

From 1495 to 1485 BCE, a young noble-man found his career accelerating in tandem with his queen. This was the legendary Senenmut, who became one of Hatshepsut’s closest allies and most trusted servants.

We follow Senenmut from his birth and upbringing to the very corridors of power, and his accession over all other contenders.

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Senenmut and Neferura (globalegyptianmuseum)

Hatnofret’s Chair (Metropolitan Museum of Art)


Excavations at Armant, by Petrie (EES)

(British Museum)

(From Bothmer, below)

(From Bothmer, below)







Peter Dorman, The Monuments of Senenmut, 1988.

Ben Haring, “The Rising Power of the House of Amun in the New Kingdom,” in Ancient Egyptian Administration, 2013, read online.

Bernard V. Bothmer, Egyptian Art: Selected Writings of Bernand V. Bothmer, 2004, read online.

Edward F. Wente, “Some Graffiti of the Reign of Hatshepsut,” 1984, read online.

Kahtryn Bard, The Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, 2005.

Kara Cooney, The Woman Who Would Be King, 2014.

Maat-ka-Re.de – Senenmut

Digital Karnak – The Obelisks of Hatshepsut/Senenmut

SLU.edu – Senmut

Ancient Egypt Online – Neferure

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lauren Clark says:

    In the statute where Senenmut carries Nefurera (Hatshepsutproject.blogspot) and unlike most statutes, it seems that Senenmut is smiling, at least with his eyes. It’s a charming representation.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thank you for pointing that out! I hadn’t noticed – how lovely 🙂

      Senenmut is easily a top 5 Egyptian for me

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