Perneb

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Perneb in hieroglyphs
O1
V30

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

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