Shanakdakhete - African Queen of Kush. Reigned from about 177 to 155 BC (these dates are very uncertain and disputed). Meroitic hieroglyphics in her chapl show military campaigns to the south and the capture of numerous cattle and prisoners.

Kendake was the title for queens and queen mothers of the ancient African Kingdom of Kush, also known as Nubia and Ethiopia.They were known as Nubian warrior queens, queen regents, and Ruling queen mothers. They controlled what is now Ethiopia, Sudan, and parts of Egypt. Reliefs dated to about 170 B.C. reveal kendake Shanakdakheto, dressed in armor and wielding a spear in battle. She did not rule as queen regent or queen mother but as a fully independent ruler. Her husband was her consort.

530 BC - Historian Herodotus,[20] recorded that queen Tomyris of the Massagetae fought and defeated Cyrus the Great

Kandace Amanitore, a Kentake of Nubia

3rd century BC - Queen Berenice II participated in battle and killed several of her enemies.[

Part of decoration of the wall in a pyramid chapel of Meroe, now British Museum, perhaps belonging to Queen Shanakdakheto

Queen Amanitore sandstone relief - detail ca. 1-25 AD. Nubian Kingdom of Meroë. from a temple in Wad Ban Naga Sudan. The Queen is shown with short hair and voluptuous body representing the Meroitic ideal in contrast to the more egyptianized goddess with the slim body and the long hair. The throne name is written in Egyptian hieroglyphs, the birth name is written in Meroitic hieroglyphs.

The bracelet belonged to the Queen Amanishakheto and comes from the pyramid (Beg N. 6) in Meroe (Sudan).

3rd century BC - Berenice I of Egypt fought in battle alongside Ptolemy I

Arsinoe III, Qreen of Egypt, rode at the head of infantry and cavalry to fight Antiochus the Great at the battle of Raphia in 217 BC.

The temple of Amon (1st cent. BC/ 1st cent. AD). Sanctuary. Altar with inscription of King Natakamani and Queen Amanitore. Both are written in Meroitic hieroglyphs The figures at the top to the left is the Goddess Meret and next to her is the figure of the king

Queen Amanitore quashing her enemies

The Treasures of Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. The pyramid of the queen at Wad Ban Naga. It was leveled to the ground in 1832 by European treasure hunters.

Gold armlet with colored glass inlays that belonged to Queen Amanishakheto. This and the rest of the queen's jewels were found in 1833, reportedly in a chamber near the top of her pyramid. Courtesy of the Egyptian Museum, Berlin.

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