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Nikaure in hieroglyphs
kA kA

N(j) kꜣ.w Rꜥ
The Ka of Re-associated forces
Dynasty 4th Dynasty
Pharaoh likely Menkaure
Father Khafra
Mother Persenet
Wife Nikanebti I
Children Nikaure II
Nikanebti II
Hetepheres (D)
Burial Mastaba LG 87 in Giza

Nikaure was an ancient Egyptian prince and vizier during the 4th dynasty. His titles include king's eldest son of his body (sA-nswt n Xt=f), as well as chief justice and vizier (smsw tAjtj sAb TAtj).[1]


Nikaure was a son of Pharaoh Khafre and Queen Persenet.[2] His wife was named Nikanebti. She was a priestess of Hathor, Mistress of the Sycamore in all her places.[3]

In Nikaure's tomb a will outlining his legacy is preserved. The will is dated to the "year of the twelfth occurrence of the numbering of large and small cattle (year 24 of Khafre).[4] Nikaure leaves property to his wife Nikanebti, his son Nikaure, his daughter Hetepheres, and his son Ka-en-nebti-wer. The property that would have gone to a (presumably) deceased daughter reverts to Nikaure's wife Nikanebti.[5]


Nikaure's tomb is LG 87 in Giza using the numbering introduced by Lepsius.[3] It is also given the designation G 8158, and is located in the Central Field which is part of the Giza Necropolis.[1]


  1. ^ a b Giza pyramids by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson (2004) ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  3. ^ a b Porter and Moss, Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings; Part III
  4. ^ Verner, Miroslav. "Contemporaneous Evidence for the Relative Chronology of Dyns. 4 and 5." In Erik Hornung, Rolf Krauss & David A. Warburton, eds. Ancient Egyptian Chronology, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2006, p. 134.
  5. ^ Breasted, James H. Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, Collected Edited and Translated with Commentary, Vol. 1: The First to the Seventeenth Dynasties. Ancient Records. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1906, pp. 88-90.