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17th Dynasty


Tetisheri was a queen during the 17th Dynasty in Thebes, and was the commoner wife of Ta'o I (date unknown). She has been called the "mother of the New Kingdom" because of her influence over its founders, her son (To'a II) and grandsons (Kamose and 'Ahmose). From the palace at Deir el-Ballas, Tetisheri raised the warriors who would oust the Asiatics from the Delta. She lived to be 70 years old,and decrees were issues concerning her service to the nation. 'Ahmose granted her a great estate and tomb with priests and servants to conduct mortuary rituals in her honor, and a cenotaph was made for her at Abydos. The British Museum possesses a statue of Tetisheri.

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