|Ranefer in hieroglyphs|
“Ra is beautiful”
Ranefer ‒ who had a title “King’s Son” ‒ was a son of Pharaoh Sneferu, who was the first ruler of the Fourth Dynasty. Ranefer’s mother was Sneferu’s wife or concubine; her name is unknown. Ranefer’s elder brothers were Nefermaat I and Rahotep. They all died before Sneferu, because their younger half-brother Khufu became king after Sneferu.
Ranefer worked as a overseer for his father (title: “Overseer of Djed-Sneferu”) and was buried in mastaba in Meidum. In the tomb were found remains of viscera wrapped in linen. Ranefer’s body is the best representation of what mummification techniques entailed during the Old Kingdom. His body was facing east, was molded as well as painted. The mummy’s hair was painted black, the eyebrows and eyes were painted green whilst the mouth was painted red. The genitals were also carefully molded, the brain remained in the skull and its innards were found in a canopic chest in the tomb.
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