Episode 78: The Duties of the Vizier

Amunhotep II (Part 2): The Pharaoh’s Servant.

The Vizier Rekh-mi-Re was a powerful and influential man. Serving Thutmose III, and then Amunhotep II, Rekhmire was the mayor of Thebes, and the Vizer (tjaty) of Upper Egypt. In his day, he dealt with judicial matters, administration, economics, petitions, and power politics. To his enduring credit, he recounted all of these in his tomb chapel; and so, we are able to deep-dive into some of the things which went on in the Egyptian Kingdom, circa 1440 BCE…

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Rekhmire from his Tomb (all photos: Osiris Net)

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Rekh-mi-Re himself

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Rekhmire’s boat, during (top) and after (bottom) his journey to visit the King.

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Porters carrying goods for the funeral of Rekhmire (bottom)

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Craftsmen fashioning objects, including furniture (top-left), shrines and statues (top-right), pottery/vases (bottom-left and bottom-right). These workers would come under Rekhmire’s jurisdiction, as his authority extended over many different production centres in Thebes.

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A granite statue of Nefer-weben, Rekhmire’s father (Boston MFA)

Bibliography

G.P.F. van den Boorn, The Duties of the Vizier, 1988.

Peter der Manuelian, Studies in the Reign of Amenophis II, 1987.

B.G. Trigger et al., Ancient Egypt: A Social History, 1983.

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.