Meresankh III, granddaughter of Khufu

Queen Meresankh III was the daughter of Hetepheres II and the granddaughter of the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. “The king’s daughter of his body, the beholder of Horus and Seth, companion of Horus, Meresankh.”. She was the wife of King Khafre.

Meresankh was the daughter of Prince Kawab and Queen Hetepheres II, and she held the title of “King’s Daughter.” She was a prominent figure in ancient Egypt and known for her elaborate tomb, designated as G7530-7540, which was discovered in Giza.

Relief of Meresankh with short cropped hair
Relief of Meresankh with short cropped hair

Hetepheres also provided her daughter with a black granite sarcophagus decorated with palace facades for Meresankh’s burial.

Her tomb was discovered by archeologist George Reisner on April 23, 1927, with subsequent excavations undertaken by his team on behalf of Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The tomb also contained a set of the earliest known canopic jars. A limestone statue depicting Queen Hetepheres embracing her late daughter was found in her tomb and is today located in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The tomb contained various artifacts and scenes depicting her status and connections to the royal family. Meresankh’s tomb provides valuable insights into the lives and customs of the elite during the Old Kingdom period.