Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Smendes
Age Unknown
Sex Male
Status King
Height Unknown
Culture Ancient Egypt
Date(s) 21st Dynasty 1075-950 BC
Site Tanis?
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog # None

Smendes is believed to have founded the 21st Dynasty, he ruled Lower Egypt from 1070-1044 BC. Also known as Nesbenebded, Smendes ruled at the same time that the high priests of Amon ruled Thebes and Upper Egypt.

His name means "He of the Ram, Lord of Mendes, Beloved of Amon." His throne name was Hedjkheperre Setepenre Smendes meaning "Bright is the Manifestation of Re, Chosen of Re."


Although neither his tomb or his mummy has officially been found, it is believed that his tomb my be in Tanis.


It is believed that Smendes may have been the son of Hrere, the Chief of the Harem of Amon-Re and likely the wife of a high priest of Amon. If Smendes was the son of Hrere, then he would have been the brother of Nodjmet, the wife of Herihor. Smendes was also believed to be married to Tentamun who was likely to be the daughter of Ramesses IX.


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4.Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson (2004) ISBN 0-500-05128-3, pp. 196-209

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