Neferkare Neby (also Neferkare III) was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh of the Eighth Dynasty during the early First Intermediate Period (2181–2055 BC). According to egyptologists Jürgen von Beckerath and Darrell Baker, he was the fourth king of the seventh dynasty, as he appears as the fourth king in the Abydos King List within the list of kings assigned to this dynasty.
The cartouche of Neferkare Neby on the Abydos King List.
|Reign||Unknown (Eighth Dynasty?)|
|Father||Pepi II Neferkare?|
|Burial||Pyramid "Neferkare Neby is Enduring of Life", presumably at Saqqara|
Neferkare Neby's name is clearly readable on the Abydos King List (number 43), and unlike most kings of this period, is attested by a further two contemporary sources. Indeed, Neferkare Neby's name appears on the false door at Ankhesenpepi II's tomb, and is also inscribed on her sarcophagus. These attestations show that Neferkare Neby's mother was apparently Queen Ankhesenpepi II, which would presumably make his father Merenre Nemtyemsaf I. The stele of Ankhesenpepi II records that Neferkare Neby begun the construction of a pyramid, possibly at Saqqara and named him as Ḏd-ˁnḫ Nfr-k3-rˁ nbjj, that is Djedankh Neferkare Neby and which means “Neferkare Neby is Enduring of Life”. The location of the pyramid is unknown and it most probably never significantly entered the building stage.
Like many kings of the Eighth Dynasty, Neferkare Neby is absent from the Turin canon as a large lacuna affects the location where his name would have been listed.
- Darrell D. Baker, The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300-1069 BC, Stacey International, ISBN 978-1-905299-37-9, 2008, p. 267-268.
- Jürgen von Beckerath, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (Münchner Ägyptologische Studien 20), 1984.
- Kim Ryholt, “The Late Old Kingdom in the Turin King-list and the Identity of Nitocris”, Zeitschrift for ägyptische Sprache 127, 2000, p. 99.
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