Menkauhor Kaiu

Also known as: Horikau, Ikauhor
Dynasty V

Menkauhor is known from Manetho who transcribed the name as Menkheres. The Turin papyrus 4.23 holds his name, as does the king lists of Abydos (number 31) and Saqqara number (29).

Reign of Menkauhor Kaiu
AE Chronology2373–2366
von Beckerath2389–2380
Turin Canon8 years
Manetho (Africanus)9 years


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Menkauhor Kaiu: Men khau
Men khau
 Established of appearances
Cerny, Inscriptions of Sinai, I, plate 7 (12)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 58-59, 7:H
Golden Horus name
Golden Horus name of Menkauhor Kaiu: Bik nebu hedj
Bik nebu hedj
 The radiant golden falcon
Kaplony, Rollsiegel des Alten Reiches, II, plate 84
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 58-59, 7:G
Throne name
Throne name of Menkauhor Kaiu: Men ka Hor
Men ka Hor
 The established one of the ka of Horus
Saqqara king list 29
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 58-59, 7:T2


Birth name
Birth name of Menkauhor Kaiu: Ikau Hor
Ikau Hor
Derived from the Throne name, meaning it was likely not the birth name
Tomb of Seshemnefer IV (LG 53)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), II, 80b
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 58-59, 7:E1


The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

Africanus v, 7 Μενχερης Menkheres Mencheres 9 years


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 58–59
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 198–199
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 130–132
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 40



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