Ankhhaf

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Ankhhaf
Prince of Egypt
Ankhhaf
Spouse Princess Hetepheres
Father Sneferu
Burial mastaba, Meidum
Religion Ancient Egyptian religion
Occupation vizier

Prince Ankhhaf was an Egyptian prince and served as vizier and overseer of works to the Pharaoh Khafre, who was Ankhhaf's nephew. He lived during 4th dynasty of Egypt.[1]

Biography[edit]

Ankhhaf was a son of pharaoh Sneferu and an unknown wife. He had an elder brother, Kanefer. He was younger half-brother to Khufu, who became a king after Sneferu died.[2] Ankhhaf had the titles "eldest king's son of his body" (sa nswt n khtf smsw), "vizier" and "the great one of Five of the house of Thoth" (wr djw pr-Djehuti).

Ankhhaf's tomb in Giza (G 7510) depicts his sister-wife Princess Hetepheres. Hetepheres was the eldest daughter of Sneferu and Queen Hetepheres I and thus Ankhhaf's half-sister.[3] Hetepheres had the titles "eldest king's daughter of his body", "the one whom he loves" (sat nswt n khtf smst mrt.f) and "Priestess of Sneferu" (hmt-nTr Snfrw).[4] Ankhhaf and Hetepheres had a daughter, who was a mother of Ankhetef.[5]

Ankhhaf was almost certainly a witness to the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza and likely played a role in the construction of the Sphinx. His mastaba tomb, G 7510, was the largest in the eastern cemetery at Giza. A superb and realistic painted limestone portrait bust of Ankhhaf discovered in his tomb is considered the work "of a master" of Ancient Egyptian art from the time of the Old Kingdom, and can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.[6] Its catalog number is Museum Expedition 27.442.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. p. 56. ISBN 0-500-05128-3.
  2. ^ Snofru, Ankhhaf's father
  3. ^ http://gizapyramids.org Information provided via the G 7010 page
  4. ^ Laurel Flentye, The Mastabas of Ankh-haf (G751 0) and Akhethetep and Meretites (G7650) in the Eastern Cemetery at Giza: A Reassessment in Essays in Honor of David B. O'Connor
  5. ^ Family of Queen Hetepheres I
  6. ^ Berman, Lawrence, Freed, Rita E., and Doxey, Denise. Arts of Ancient Egypt. Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 2003. p.78. ISBN 0-87846-661-4.