Ptahshepses

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Ptahshepses on a pilar of his mastaba.

Ptahshepses on a pilar of his mastaba.

Ptahshepses, a man of unknown but obvious aristocratic origin, rose in the ranks to become Vizier during the reign of Niuserre of the 5th Dynasty. He was married to princess Khamaat, a daughter of the last king of the 4th Dynasty, Shepseskaf and his wife Bunefer.
The fact the he was allowed to marry a woman of royal birth indicates that Ptahshepses was of noble birth as well, perhaps even a distant member of the royal family.

Ptahshepses started his carreer as royal hairdresser and manicurist, but rose through the ranks of priesthood and the government to end his life as Vizier, one of the highest authorities in the country, next to the king.

He was buried in an elaborate mastaba tomb in Abusir, near the pyramid of Niuserre, during whose reign he died.

A view on a hall in the mastaba of Ptah-shepses at Abusir, with the pyramids of Niuserre and Neferirkare in the background.

A view on a hall in the mastaba of Ptahshepses at Abusir, with the pyramids of Niuserre and Neferirkare in the background.


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