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Semat in hieroglyphs
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The Companion[1]

Semat was an Ancient Egyptian Queen, who was a wife of the King Den. She was buried near him in Abydos.

Very little is known about Semat besides a stela discovered near Den's tomb in Abydos, she held the titles of

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"She who sees Horus"
"She who carries Seth"

Both of these titles were associated with queens in ancient Egypt.[2] Semat was not the only woman identified from funerary stela. Other women whose funerary stela were found near Den's tomb are Seshemetka and Serethor.[3]

Until the Second World War the stela was in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, but was destroyed in the war.[4]


  1. ^ Silke Roth: Die Königsmütter des Alten Ägypten. P 382.
  2. ^ Grajetzki, Ancient Egyptian Queens: A Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Golden House Publications, London, 2005, ISBN 978-0-9547218-9-3
  3. ^ Tyldesley, Joyce. Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2006. ISBN 0-500-05145-3
  4. ^ *Geoffrey Thorndike Martin: Umm el-Qaab VII, Private Stelae of the Early Dynastic Period from the Royal Cemetery at Abydos, Archäologischer Veröffentlichungen 123, Wiesbaden 2011, ISBN 978-3-447-06256-5, p. 100-101, no. 129, pl. 35.

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