Mesen-ka (also read as Mesenka) was an Ancient Egyptian prince living during the late 2nd dynasty or at the beginning of the 3rd dynasty. It is disputed as to who was the king (pharaoh) that reigned during Mesen-ka's time of officeship.

Mesen-ka in hieroglyphs
Personal name:

His Ka is born
stone bowl fragment with name and title of Mesen-ka.


Mesen-ka is attested by two stone bowl inscriptions only. These were found in the underground storages beneath the Southern Gallery within king Djoser's pyramid necropolis at Saqqara.[1][2]


As a prince, Mesen-ka bore the princely title:[1]

  • Son of the king (Egyptian: Sa-nesw).


Next to nothing is known about Mesen-ka's life and career, except for his title as a prince. It is also unknown, whose son he was, since no royal name was found. Calligraphic design and diction of the inscriptions show great resemblance to other inscriptions dating back to the time of the kings Peribsen, Khasekhemwy and Djoser. Thus, Mesen-ka may have lived and served under one of these kings.[1][2]


  1. Pierre Lacau & Jan-Phillip Lauer: La Pyramide à Degrés IV. – Inscriptions gravées sur les Vases: Fouilles à Saqqarah. Service des antiquités de l’Égypte, Cairo 1936, p. 55.
  2. Aidan Dodson, Dyan Hilton: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London 2004, ISBN 0500051283, p.49.
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