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Seneb Kay
Pharaoh of Egypt
Reign c. 1650 BC, uncertain, Abydos Dynasty or 16th Dynasty
Predecessor ?
Successor ?
Children ?
Born ?
Died ?

Woseribre Senebkay (alternatively Seneb Kay) was an Egyptian pharaoh during the Second Intermediate Period. The discovery of his tomb in January 2014 supports the existence of an independent Abydos Dynasty, contemporary with the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Dynasties during the Second Intermediate Period.[1] He might also appear in the Turin Canon, where there appear two kings with the throne name "Weser... re" (the names are only partly preserved). A further possible object with his name is a magical wand, where his name is written Sebkay. The wand was found at Abydos.[2] The existence of the so-called Abydos Dynasty was first proposed by Detlef Franke[3] and later further developed by Kim Ryholt in 1997.[1]


Senebkay's tomb was discovered in 2014 by Josef W. Wegner of the University of Pennsylvania and a team of Egyptian archaeologists in the southern part of Abydos, Egypt.[4][5][6] The four-chamber tomb has a decorated limestone burial chamber, bearing the images of the goddesses Isis, Neith, Nephthys and Selket. The body was discovered in a wooden coffin inside a damaged stone tomb.[4] The texts record the pharaoh's titulary and call him the "king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Woseribre, the son of Re, Senebkay".[1] Senebkay's name was found inscribed inside a royal cartouche.[4]

The tomb did not house any funerary goods and may have been robbed in ancient times.[4] The king was around 5 feet 10 inches tall (1.78 m) and died in his late 40s.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Giant Sarcophagus Leads Penn Museum Team in Egypt To the Tomb of a Previously Unknown Pharaoh". Penn Museum. January 2014. Retrieved 16 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ finding-a-lost-pharaoh archaeology and arts Retrieved 28 Jan 2014
  3. ^ Franke, Detlef (1988). "Zur Chronologie des Mittleren Reiches. Teil II: Die sogenannte Zweite Zwischenzeit Altägyptens". Orientalia 57: 259. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Holloway, April (15 January 2014). "New Pharaoh Discovered In Egypt – Introducing King Seneb Kay". Ancient Origins. Retrieved 16 Jan 2014. 
  5. ^ Mintz, Zoe (15 January 2014). "New Pharaoh Discovered In Egypt, King Seneb Kay Had ‘The Longest Rule’ Of His Time". International Business Times. 
  6. ^ The Associated Press (15 January 2014). "New Pharaonic Tomb Discovered in Egypt". Cairo: ABC News.