Episode 13: The Hairdressers Cometh


Niuserre’s “Up-and-Comers.”

The new King, Niuserre son of Neferirkare, has taken the crown after the passing of his uncle Raneferef. And the times they are a-changing, with an interesting group of non-blooded officials rising to the highest levels of administration.

By dint of their close friendship and service to the king two manicurists, Ny-ankh-Khnum (“The living one of Khnum”) and Khnum-hotep (“Khnum is satisfied”) rise high in the court. Their identity and relationship remains a matter of debate: are they twin brothers, or male lovers?

But these two are eclipsed by the political rise of Ptah-shepses I, who rises from hairdresser to Vizier – the highest administrative office in the land.

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Virtual Tour

You can now access a virtual tour of Ny-ankh-Khnum and Khum-Hotep’s tomb! Follow the link below to view the monument!

Screenshot of the virtual tour, showing the two men embracing one another.


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