Neferirkara I Kakai

Also known as: Nerferirkare I Dynasty V

Older therories thought Neferirkara I was a brother of Sahura, but it is now thought that they were son and father. His birth name was likely Ranefer, and is known to have had an elder brother named Netjerirenra.

Reign of Neferirkara I Kakai
AE Chronology2415–2405
von Beckerath2458–2438
Shaw2475–2455
Dodson2373–2363
Allen2446–2438
Malek2435–2425
Redford2492–2482
Turin Canon... years
Manetho (Africanus)20 years

 

The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Neferirkara I Kakai: User khau
User khau
wsr-ḫꜤw
Strong of appearances
wsr-xa-w
Borchardt, Das Grabdenkmal des Königs Nefer-ir-ka-re, plate 9
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56–57, 3:H
Nebty name
Nebty name of Neferirkara I Kakai: User khau
User khau
wsr-ḫꜤw
Strong of appearances (by means of) the Two Ladies
wsr-xa-w
Aegyptische Inschriften aus den Königlichen Museen zu Berlin, (16551)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56–57, 3:N2
Nebty name variant
Nebty name of Neferirkara I Kakai: Khaem
Khaem
ḫꜤ-m
Who has appeared by means of the Two Ladies
xa-m
Borchardt, Das Grabdenkmal des Königs Nefer-ir-ka-re, plate 9
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56–57, 3:N1
Golden Horus name
Golden Horus name of Neferirkara I Kakai: Sekhemu nebu
Sekhemu nebu
sḫmw-nbw
The three powers
sxm*sxm*sxm:nbw
Borchardt, Das Grabdenkmal des Königs Nefer-ir-ka-re, plate 9
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56–57, 3:G
Throne name
Throne name of Neferirkara I Kakai: Nefer ir ka Ra
Nefer ir ka Ra
nfr-ir-kꜢ-rꜤ
He who has the perfect form and soul of Ra
ra-nfr-ir-kA
Saqqara king list 32
Giza tomb G 6010 (LG 15)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), II, 47
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56–57, 3:T1
Throne name variant
Throne name of Neferirkara I Kakai: Name missing
Name missing
Royal Canon of Turin 4.19
Gardiner, The Royal Canon of Turin (1959), III:19
Birth name
Birth name of Neferirkara I Kakai: Kakai
Kakai
kꜢ-kꜢ-i
kA-kA-i
Abydos king list 28
Passim
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56-57, 3:E

The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

AuthorGreekTransliterationTranscriptionReign
Africanus v, 3 Νεφερχερης Nepherkheres Nephercheres 20 years

Bibliography


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 56–57
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 258–260
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 116–119
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 39

 

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The Royal titulary

The full titulary was announced at the coronation, when a pharaoh officially became king.

Horus
Horus name
The oldest form of a pharaoh's name, often enclosed in a serekh, a sort of "heraldic crest" representing a palace facade.

Nebty
Nebty name
The "Two Ladies", the heraldic goddesses Nekhbet and Wadjet, representing Upper and Lower Egypt respectively.

Golden Horus
Golden Horus name
Gold was strongly associated with eternity, but the meaning of this title is disputed.

Prenomen
Throne name
(prenomen) Announced at the coronation, and written in a cartouche.

Nomen
Personal name
(nomen) The name given at birth, also written in a cartouche.

Kinglists
Ancient historians

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