Sabu also called Tjety

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Sabu called Thety
High Priest of Ptah in Memphis
PredecessorSabu also called Ibebi
Dynasty6th Dynasty
Pharaoh6th Dynasty
FatherSabu named Ibebi?
Sabu also called Tjety
s3bw ṯti
in hieroglyphs

Sabu also called Tjety was the High Priest of Ptah in the Sixth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, around 2300 BC. Sabu is mainly known from the remains of his mastaba in Saqqara (E.3). The inscriptions on the fragment of a false door were copied in the Nineteenth Century and present part of a biography. The fragments are today in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.[1] Sabu bears several titles including: Greatest of the Directors of the Craftsmen in the two houses (wr ḫrpw hmwt m prwy - this is the title held by the High Priest of Ptah), chief lector priest, sole friend and count.[2]

The text mentions that before Sabu was made High Priest of god Ptah there were always two men holding this position. Sabu was the first man to hold the position solely.[3] His chronological position within the Sixth Dynasty is uncertain.


  1. ^ Catalogue Generals 1706, 1756; Ludwig Borchardt: Denkmäler des Alten Reiches (ausser den Statuen) im Museum zu Kairo Nr. 1295–1808, Teil II: Text und Tafeln zu Nr. 1542–1808, Kairo, 1964, pp. 148, 177-78)
  2. ^ Auguste Mariette; Gaston Maspero (editor): Les Mastabas de l'ancien empire, Paris 1889, p. 389-91
  3. ^ James Henry Breasted: Ancient Records of Egypt: The first through the seventeenth dynasties, p. 133