Prince Hemiunu

Hemiunu copyright Einsamer Schutze

Heminun was the son of Nefermaat I and Atet and the grandson of Sneferu.

His statue has a list of his titles inscribed on it: "Member of the elite, high official, vizier, king's seal bearer, attendant of Nekhen, and spokesman of every resident of Pe, priest of Bastet, priest of Shesmetet, priest of the Ram of Mendes, Keeper of the Apis Bull, Keeper of the White Bull, whom his lord loves, elder of the palace, high priest of Thoth, whom his lord loves, courtier, Overseer of Royal Scribes, priest of the Panther Goddess, Director of Music of the South and North, Overseer of All Construction Projects of the King, king's [grand]son of his own body".

The second title from last is perhaps the most important as it confirms that he was the overseer in charge of building the burial place of the pharaoh (amongst other monuments). As a result he is often credited as the architect responsible for the Great Pyramid of Khufu. He was buried in a mastaba close to the pyramid.

copyright J Hill 2010
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