Second Prophet of Amun, Noble AnenThe People - Malkata Palace City - Thebes - The Places
“Chancellor of Lower Egypt”; “Second Prophet of Amun”; “Sem Priest of Heliopolis”; “Divine Father”
Noble Anen’s parents were the Noble Yuya and Lady Thuya.
Yuya was probably born and owned an Estate in the Town of Akhmim, Upper Egypt, where he retained a good status within the local nobility. He was known to be a Prophet of God Min who ruled the deities in the area, and he was granted the role of “Superintendent of Cattle” for the Deity. Click here for more details about Noble Yuya.
Thuya is thought to be descended from Queen Ahmose Nefertari, who with her husband Pharaoh Ahmose I, were the founders of the 18th Dynasty. Click here for details about Lady Thuya.
His sister was the Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye who married into the 18th Dynasty Royal Family, with Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Click here for more details about Queen Tiye.
It is possible that he had a younger brother called Ay, who would eventually become Pharaoh in his own right. Click here for more details about Pharaoh Ay.
Marriage and Children
No records have been found to name his wife, but it is known from his Tomb that he had 1 son and 4 daughters.
His early life would have been growing up within his parent’s estate in the Upper Egyptian Town of Akhmim and with all probability he would have been familiar with the Royal Court as a younger child through his mother’s connections to the Royal Family.
Once his sister married Pharaoh, we can assume that Anen’s life and status changed especially as his brother-in-law, Pharaoh Amenhotep III, elevated him to have the following Titles:
“Chancellor of Lower Egypt”
“Second Prophet of Amun”
“Sem Priest of Heliopolis”
He, along with the rest of his family, would have joined the Royal Court who, for the majority of the year, were located in the Malkata City Palace Complex which Pharaoh erected for the Royal Court’s use from Regnal Year 11. For more details about the City where Noble Anen would have spent much of his life, click here.
Death and Tomb
Nobel Anen is not mentioned as being present, or taking a part, in Pharaoh Amenhotep III’s 3rd Heb Sed Festival. For details about this Heb Sed Festival, click here. So we can safely assume that he had died by the time of this Festival, which was set to Pharaoh’s Regnal Year 30, as his presence at the Festival would have been mandated as the Second Prophet of Amun, let alone the point that he was brother-in-law to the Pharaoh.
Furthermore, Noble Anen’s Title of “Second Prophet of Amun” is taken over by the Noble Simut, who was previously the “Fourth Prophet of Amun” for the last decade of Pharaoh’s reign, another strong indicator of his death at this juncture.
Noble Anen was buried in Tomb TT120 in the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna area of the Theban Necropolis, on the West Bank of the Nile at Thebes, close to Malkata City Palace Complex.
A Rock hewn Tomb which consists of a flat stone walled Forecourt; moving into a Hall with 3 Pillars, the Walls inside are decorated with scenes of the Harvest and depict the deceased with his wife, while retaining room to portray his Sister, Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye and Pharaoh Amenhotep III; leading on to the final Inner Room which is longer and narrower, it is thought that Anen would have been buried here though no remains have been located to date.
This Inner Room is decorated with Scenes from the Book of the Dead (click here to learn about the Spells), the Fields of Aaru (click here to discover the Ancient Egyptian view of Heaven) and a Boat Trip to the old Necropolis at Abydos (click here to look at the remains at Abydos).