Amenhotep I, ruled 1525-1504 BC
Amenhotep I and his mother, Ahmose Nefertari, were revered for nearly five
hundred years as local Theban deities.
Djeserkara was the 2nd king of the Eighteenth Dynasty. He succeeded his
father, Ahmose I, who expelled the Hyksos kings from Egypt. Amenhotep I
probably ascended the throne as a child, when his mother Ahmose Nefertari
may have acted as regent.
Little is known of the reign of Amenhotep I. A few events can be
established from inscriptions in private tombs. According to the
autobiography of a soldier, Ahmose son of Ibana, Amenhotep I led a campaign
to Kush. An inscription in the tomb of Ahmose Pen-Nekhbet states that the
king also led an expedition to Libya. His chief architect, Ineni, mentions
that he commissioned building work at Karnak. The exact location of the tomb
of Amenhotep I at Thebes is unknown, but it is mentioned in the Abbott
Papyrus, which documents an inspection of the royal tombs under Rameses IX.
Amenhotep I's mummy was found in the royal cache at Deir el-Bahri in 1881.
It was re-wrapped by priests in the 21st Dynasty, and remains the only royal
mummy which has not been unwrapped in modern times.
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Fragment of a vase dedicated to the deified Amenhotep I
by Ipwy - Ashmolean Museum
figure of Amenhotep I, 18th Dynasty about 1510 BC, from Deir el-Bahri -
Queen Ahmes-Merytamun, wife of Amenhotep I, from Thebes temple of Karnak
- British Museum
Statue of Amenhotep I, white crown and heb-sed cloak from the Island of
Sai - Sudan Exhibition
Head of a large
statue - Luxor Museum
Stela from Deir el
Medina for a man who served a funerary cult - Luxor Museum
Alabaster duck dish,
found with a scarab of Amenhotep I from Gurob - Manchester Museum
Mertseger and Amenhotep I - Museo Egizio di Turino
Statue of Amenhotep
I from Deir el Medina - Museo Egizio du Turina
Statue of Pinehsi,
priest of Amenhotep I - Museo Egizio di Turina
- Painted limestone
stela of Samontu dating to the 12th Dynasty - British Museum
Limestone Stela - Fitzwilliam Museum