Khenut in hieroglyphs
Wife of King Unas

Khenut was the Queen of Egypt, the wife of King Unas. She lived during the time of the Fifth dynasty of Egypt. She was a suspected mother of Queen Iput I.


Khenut was buried in a double mastaba with another queen named Nebet next to the Pyramid of Unas in Saqqara.[2] The mastaba was excavated by Peter Munro.[3]

The pyramid of the Queen mother Sesheshet lies near the pyramid which belong to Khenut.


Khenut’s titles are: "Great One of the hetes-sceptre" (wrt-hetes), "She who sees Horus and Set" (m33t-hrw-stsh), "Great of Praises" (wrt-hzwt), "King’s Wife, his beloved" (hmt-nisw meryt.f), "Companion of Horus, his beloved" (smrt-hrw-meryt.f), "Consort and Beloved of the Two Ladies" (sm3yt-mry-nbty), and "Companion of Horus" (tist-hrw). Khenut may have been mentioned in the mortuary temple of Unas. Her tomb, unlike that of Queen Nebet, has suffered extensive damage.[4]


  1. ^ Joyce Tyldesley. Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2006. p. 52. ISBN 0-500-05145-3
  2. ^ Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  3. ^ Peter Munro, Der Unas-Friedhof Nord-West, Bd.1, Topographisch-historische Einleitung; Das Doppelgrabe der Königinnen Nebet und Khenut. Mainz 1993
  4. ^ Wolfram Grajetzki, Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Golden House Publications, London, 2005, ISBN 978-0-9547218-9-3