Weni the Elder (Part II): Service in the South
Following his admirable service to Pepy I thus far, Weni the Elder is then dispatched south to Upper Egypt, to serve as the royal Overseer.
Pepy I soon passes into the West (dies), and is succeeded by Mer-en-Re who keeps Weni as a prominent official. He sends Weni into Nubia, in order to acquire a sarcophagus for the king’s tomb – a prestigious task, giving Weni an intimate connection with his king’s fortunes in the Afterlife.
In the South, Weni builds ships and canals, expanding royal influence in Northern Nubia.
Egyptian soldiers of the 11th Dynasty, similar to those Weni would have led (Source: Cairo Museum via Wikipedia).
A ship built by Thor Heyerdhal in 1970, according to ancient practices (Source: Wikipedia).
Ships of the 18th Dynasty, perhaps similar to those used by Weni the Elder in his expeditions (Source: Debello.ca)
Kelsey Museum Newsletter – Abydos and the Tomb of Weni the Elder.
Renée Friedman, Egypt and Nubia: Gifts of the Desert, 2002.
William Kelly Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.