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"He Is The Son Of A Woman Of Ta-Sety . . ." The Offering Table Of The King's Mother Nefret (MMA 22.1.21)

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Neferti, the fictitious sage living under King Snefru, not only predicted the advent of a successful ruler-Amenemhat I-who would restore peace and order in the land, but also openly admitted the king's humble origin. While no contemporary monuments referencing Amenemhat I's father have survived, the mother, Nefret, is recorded on an offering table discovered in the pyramid precinct of her son at Lisht-North. The offering table was found in secondary position in one of the houses of the later settlement period at the southwest corner of Amenemhat I's pyramid. Because of the altar's later reuse, the surface shows considerable wear in certain parts. The shape of the offering table-a rectangular block with four tanks and a spout on one side- conforms to a characteristic type of altar widely known during the Middle Kingdom.

Keywords: Amenemhat I; Lisht-North; Neferti; offering table

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