Biographical Information
Name(s) Siptah
Sex Male
Status Pharaoh
Height Unknown
Culture Egypt
Date(s) Reign: 1197-1191 BC (19th Dynasty)
Site KV47
Current Location
Location Valley of the Kings
Catalog #


The penultimate ruler of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. 

However Siptah himself died shortly afterwards, due to a plague. An examination of his mummy revealed that he died around age 16 and likely suffered from polio and had a severely deformed and crippled left foot  The young boy left no monuments or achievements at all, and a country in chaos with a weak central authority. This event is mentioned in the Bible as the son of the pharaoh who fell victim to the Tenth Plague. He is the Pharaoh's son whom the Angel of Death killed because he was the first born of the reigning pharaoh's family. Also In the Bible God told Amenmesse (Moses) that this plague would cause Pharaoh to send the Israelites away, and ordered him to prepare the people to leave. The Exodus was actually performed a few years later by the Setnakhte, the founder of the 20th Dynasty


Nearly destroyed by graverobbers, Siptah's mummy is packed with lichen (rather than linen). Unwrappers found a black line painted across his forehead. A shortened left leg means that Siptah may have had cerebral palsy or polio; Cairo Museum. The burial chamber has 4 pillars and a pink granite sarcophagus. 


Suffered from polio and had a severely deformed and crippled left foot.

Additional InfoEdit

- Siptah was only a child of ten or eleven years when he assumed power  - was under the regency of his step mother Tawosret and Chancellor Bay.  - Tawosret might have actually married her step son Siptah in order to be the Queen regent 

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