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For the Ancient Egyptian god Djehuti, see Thoth.

Djehuti Sekhemresementawy (also Djehuty) was possibly the second king[1][2] of the Theban 16th dynasty reigning over parts of Upper Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period. Alternatively, he may be a king of the late 13th dynasty[3] or early 17th dynasty. Djehuty is credited 3 years of reing in the first entry of the 11th column of the Turin canon. It is thought that he was succeeded by Sobekhotep VIII.

Chronological position[edit]

Djehuti's dynasty remains debated. Indeed on this point the Turin canon is open to interpretations. There are several kings recorded with the name "Sekhemre[...]" and the damage to the original document does not preserve the complete name. As a result Djehuti, named Sekhemresementawy, may in principle correspond to any "Sekhemre[...]" preserved on the king list, i.e. may be a ruler of the 13th, 15th, 16th and even 17th dynasty.

Egyptologists Darell Baker and Kim Ryholt believe that he was part of the 16th dynasty, which controlled the Theban region after 1650 BC.[2] Alternatively, two studies by Claude Vandersleyen and Christina Geisen date Djehuti's reign to the very end of the Memphite 13th dynasty.[3][4] Geisen's datation relies on stylistic considerations of his queen's coffin, which however, Stephen Quirke argues, uses unproven assumptions.[5] An older theory of Jürgen von Beckerath, whose conclusions are shared by Hans Stock, contends that Djehuti was a ruler of the early 17th dynasty, which arose in Upper Egypt after the collapse of 16th dynasty following the short-lived Hyksos conquest of Thebes. This theory is supported by the discovery of the tomb of Djehuti's queen, Mentuhotep, which is located in Dra' Abu el-Naga', a necropolis usually associated with the 17th dynasty. Scholars such as Chris Bennett however, point out that this does not necessarily mean that Djehuti was buried in Dra' Abu el-Naga' as well.[3]

In any case, Djehuti was married to a granddaughter of vizier Ibiau who served under the 13th dynasty king Wahibre Ibiau c. 1712 - 1701 BC, and was thus most likely two generations removed from this king.[6]


Djehuti is attested on the Turin canon and the Karnak king list. All of Djehuti's contemporary attestions come from a 145 kilometres (90 mi) long stretch of the Nile valley from Deir el-Ballas in the north to Edfu in the south.[1] This roughly corresponds to the territory in the sphere of influence of the rulers of the 16th dynasty.[1] Djehuti's nomen and prenomen are known from a single block discovered by Flinders Petrie in Deir el-Ballas. A painted block bearing Djehuti's cartouche and showing him wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt was uncovered in Edfu[3][7] and otherwise, Djehuti is only attested by objects from his wife's burial. Queen Mentuhotep's tomb was found intact in 1822 and her (now lost) coffin was inscribed with one of the earliest cases of the texts from the Book of the Dead. Mentuhotep's cosmetic box bears Djehuti's nomen, prenomen and cartouche together with funerary formulae and an inscription revealling that the box was a gift from the king.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Darrell D. Baker: The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I - Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC, Stacey International, ISBN 978-1-905299-37-9, 2008, pp. 90-91
  2. ^ a b c K.S.B. Ryholt, The Political Situation in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period, c.1800–1550 BC, Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications, vol. 20. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997, excerpts available online here.
  3. ^ a b c d Christina Geisen, Zur zeitlichen Einordnung des Königs Djehuti an das Ende der 13. Dynastie, Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur, Bd. 32, (2004), pp. 149-157
  4. ^ Claude Vandersleyen: Rahotep, Sébekemsaf 1er et Djéhouty, Rois de la 13e Dynastie. In: Revue de l'égyptologie (RdE) 44, 1993, p. 189–191.
  5. ^ S. Quirke, Review von Geisen: Die Totentexte…. In: Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions. Nr. 5, 2005, p. 228–238.
  6. ^ Ryholt, Note 555 page 152
  7. ^ M. von Falck, S. Klie, A. Schulz: Neufunde ergänzen Königsnamen eines Herrschers der 2. Zwischenzeit. In: Göttinger Miszellen 87, 1985, p. 15–23
Preceded by
Pharaoh of Egypt
Sixteenth dynasty of Egypt
Succeeded by
Sobekhotep VIII