| Pinudjem II |
|Date(s)||reign 990 BC - 969 BC|
Pinedjem II was a High Priest of Amun at Thebes from 990 BC to 969 BC and was the de facto ruler of the south of the country. He was married to his sister Isetemkheb D (both children of Menkheperre, the High Priest of Amun at Thebes, by Isetemkheb) and also to his niece Nesikhons, the daughter of his brother Smendes II. He succeeded Smendes II, Unlike other rulers, Pinudjem never referred to himself as a king. Arguably his largest achievement during his ruling, Pinudjem arranged the reburials of the 20th Dynasty rulers from their own tombs to a tomb which he believed would be safest for them.
Pinudjem also participated in a scandalous affair which gained him some controversial attention during his rule. Pinudjem's first wife, Isetemkheb D, was possibly a noble woman who had at least 3 children with Pinudjem. Their son, Psusennes II, would later go on to become the last ruler of the 21st dynasty. Pinudjem then later re-married his niece, Neskhons, and divorced Isetemkheb D. Divorce was an uncommon practice for Egyptian rulers, and the divorce played a large part in shaping Pinudjem's public image.
When Pinudjem II died, his mummy may have been buried in DB320. There is no information about a tomb of Pinudjem or Neskhons. The artifacts found in the tomb, including the grave goods and sarcophagi, tell a story of love, divorce and the desires of Pinudjem II.
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