Djedkara Shemai in hieroglyphs

The fifth pharaoh of the Eighth Dynasty, a.k.a. Djedkare Shemay

Djedkara Shemai is found on the Abydos king list number 44, while the Turin papyrus has a notation of a lacuna where the name would have been found.

Neferkara Neby

Neferkara Khendu

Reign of Djedkara Shemai

The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Throne + Birth name

Combination of Throne- and Birth-name cartouches
probably only used for a special occasion.

Throne + Birth name
Djed ka Ra Shemai*
The enduring one of the ka of Ra, the nomad


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  • Baker. D. D. The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I (London, 2008): 86
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