Rekhit

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The name of Rekhit, written with 3 hieroglyphs representing a bird with spread wings, is attested through several sources all found in the great tomb at Naqada, a tomb that was once believed to have belonged to the semi-legendary Menes, but which is now believed to have been built for queen Neithhotep. These sources include ivory labels and vessels, stone vessels as well as several seal impressions.

Reconstruction of the seal that combines the name of Horus Aha with that of Rekhit.

Reconstruction of the seal that combines the name of Horus Aha with that of Rekhit.
Source: Kaplony, Inschriften der ägyptischen Frühzeit III, Tafel 29, abb. 79.

Some seal impressions combine Rekhit’s name with the name of Horus Aha, confirming Rekhit as a contemporary of Aha.
Based on the assumption that private names on seal impressions must have belonged to members of the royal family, it has been postulated that Rekhit must have been a son of Aha’s. A fragment of a label bearing the names of Horus Narmer and Rekhit, however, contradicts this hypothesis and indicates that Rekhit already was in office during the reign of Narmer.
It is more likely that Rekhit was a high official who served during the reigns of Narmer and Aha and was linked to the estates of queen Neithhotep. The fact that his name has not been found elsewhere but Naqada could indicate that he was a local official of Naqada. His exact responsibilities nor his actual relationship to the royal family or any other members of Egypt’s ruling elite are known.


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