Prince Nefermaat I

Stele from the mastaba of Nefermaat I

Nefermaat I was probably the son of Sneferu by a minor wife. He was given the title "Eldest son of the King", however, it is sometimes suggested that he was not actually the son of Sneferu and that this title was simply honorary. He was Sneferu's vizier and was also a seal bearer and prophet of Bast.

His wife, Atet (or Itet) was a noble woman given the title "She who is known to the king". They had a number of sons and daughters including Hemiunu (who is credited as the architect of the Great Pyramid). Nefertmaat and Atet were buried together in a mastaba (M16) in the necropolis at Meidum. His tomb containes a famous relief known as the "Meidum Geese".

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