Pinudjem II
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Pinedjem II
Age 21
Sex Male
Status High Priest
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) Born:990 BC

Died: 969 BC

Site DB320
Current Location
Location Northern Egypt
Catalog # N/A


One of the most famous figures of Southern Egypt, Pinudjem II was a High Priest that ruled between the years 990 BC – 969 BC. Unlike other rulers, Pinudjem never referred to himself as a king. Arguably his largest achievement during his ruling, Pinudjem arranged the reburials of the 20th Dynasty rulers from their own tombs to a tomb which he believed would be safest for them.

Pinudjem also participated in a scandalous love affair which gained him some controversial attention during his ruling. Pinudjem's first wife, Isetemkheb D, was possibly a noble woman who had at least 3 children with Pinudjem. Their son, Psusennes II, would later go on to become the last ruler of the 21st dynasty. Pinudjem then later re-married his niece, Neskhons, and divorced Isetemkheb D. Divorce was an uncommon practice for Egyptian rulers, and the divorce played a large part in shaping Pinudjem's public image.

Pinudjem was around the age of 21 when he died. His cause of death is unknown. The mummy of Pinudjem was found in DB320, a tomb site in northern Egypt.


Pinudjem's mummy was buried along with his two wives and at least one of his daughters. His remains were discovered in tomb DB320 in 1881.


There is no information regarding whether or not Pinudjem experienced any disease or illness throughout his life. His short life span may provoke thoughts and questions as to whether he died from an illness, however that information is not currently known.


Klimczak, Natalia. "The Alternative Lifestyle and Loves of Pinudjem II." Ancient Origins. N.p., 3 Apr. 2016. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.

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