Perneb

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Perneb in hieroglyphs
O1
V30

Perneb
pr-nb
Lord of (his) house
Personal name
M23
t
G39

Sa-nisut
s3-njsw.t
Son of the king
Royal title
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Aa1
M44 G43

Iry-khet-Sopdu
Jrj-ẖt-Spd.w
Priest of Sopdu
Official title

Perneb is the name of an ancient egyptian prince and priest, who lived at the beginning of the 2nd dynasty.

Identity[edit]

Perneb´s name is preserved on several clay seals found in the gallery tomb B at Saqqara, which is attributed to two kings (pharaohs) at the same time (king Hotepsekhemwy and king Raneb). This circumstance lead to disputes about the family origin of Perneb, it cannot be said for sure whose son he exactly was.

Perneb became known for a very rare and unusual title: he was priest of Sopdu, a deity which was rarely named in early Egypt. His cult center was somewhere in the eastern Nile delta at a city called Iptjw. The exact geographical position of this town is not known. It is also unknown where Perneb was interred.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toby A. H. Wilkinson: Early dynastic Egypt: Strategy, Society and Security. Routledge, London u. a. 1999, ISBN 0-415-18633-1, p. 296.
  2. ^ Peter Kaplony: Inschriften der Ägyptischen Frühzeit. Volume 3, (= Ägyptologische Abhandlungen vol. 8). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1963, ISBN 3-447-00052-X, p. 96 as Obj. 367.