Pepy II (Part I): the Child King
At just six-years old, the new King of Upper and Lower Egypt Pepy II cannot possibly exercise power on his own. Enter his mother, Ankh-enes-Pepy, who oversees the kingdom on his behalf.
Her imagery reveals her power, as the young king sits atop her lap, protected (and controlled?) by her hands.
In a short sojourn to the countryside, we meet Qar, a noble who handles agriculture and cattle-rearing in Upper Egypt.
Finally, the great royal expeditions continue. Harkhuf, a royal companion, is despatched to the Western Desert and to Nubia for trade. On his return, he brings a very special gift for the excited Pepy…
Harkhuf, from his tomb (Source: Karen Green via Wikipedia)
The autobiography of Harkhuf, outside his tomb at Qubbet el-Hawa, Aswan/Elephantine (Source: Heidi Kontkanen, Flickr.com).
Cattle atop the Narmer Palette, and the rearing of cattle in domestic situations.
The pyramid of Pepy II at Saqqara (Source: Egyptphoto.ncf.ca)
Ian Shaw (editor), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2004.
William Kelly Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.
Nicolas Grimal, A History of Egypt, 1994.
Ancient Egypt Online – Pepy II.
National Geographic – Pyramid of Pepy II.