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Nefretkau, mother of Nefermaat, was she a queen or not?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:24 am    Post subject: Nefretkau, mother of Nefermaat, was she a queen or not? Reply with quote

I noticed that in some of the older books, Nefretkau, the mother of the 4th dynasty Vizier Nefermaat is said to be a Queen.
Reisner (if I remember correctly) refers to her as being a Queen. She was a daughter of Snefru, and she is said to be a queen of Khufu.

From what I have seen there are no inscriptionsin her tomb (mastaba G 7050) that give her the titles of Queen, are there?

Was this just an assumption that has since been discarded? I don't see her mentioned as a royal wife in eitehr Dodson/Hilton's book or in Grajetzki's Egyptian Queens.

I found it an interesting suggestion. There is no mention ever of a father for Nefermaat - her son. Nefermaat is called a king's son, but that could be honorary.

Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds like she was thought of as a queen by the egyptians at some point.
or maybe reisner found a piece of evidence with the title
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nefertkau was a daughter of Sneferu, and because her son Nefermaat II had title "King's Son" it is possible that she was a wife of her half-brother Khufu. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the title of the son was the reason why Reisner proposed Neferetkau as a queen. I think in those day's the title king's son could also refer to a grandson however.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. I also must thanks Anneke here, because all I know about 4th dynasty, I know from her. Very Happy

Three theories about Nefertkau's marriages:

1) Nefertkau married her father Sneferu (is this possible in 4th dynasty?)
2) Nefertkau married her brother Khufu, and so she became a queen
3) Nefertkau married someone, who may not be a part of royal cort

In every case, Nefertkau produced a son, Nefermaat II (Nefermaat B, Nefermaat the Elder) and she had one grandson and two great-grandsons. That's about her family tree.

See also this: http://forum.egyptiandreams.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=4959&sid=e94dd727dde12a8dc7df3923b0832aad
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.gizapyramids.org/pdf%20library/flentye_okaa_2006.pdf

On this, you will see a picture wich represent tomb at Giza. Nefertkau was buried at G 7050, Nefermaat 7060, and Sneferukhaf (Nefermaat's son and Nefertkau's grandson) at G 7070.
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