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Sekheperenre was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 14th Dynasty of Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period. According to the egyptologists Kim Ryholt and Darell Baker, Sekheperenre was the twenty-second king of the dynasty, alternatively Jürgen von Beckerath sees him as the seventeenth ruler.[1][2][3] As a king of the 14th dynasty, Sekheperenre would have reigned from Avaris over the eastern Nile Delta and possibly over the western Delta as well.[1]


  • Attestation 1
  • Chronological Position 2
  • References 3


With Nehesy and Merdjefare, Sekheperenre is one of only three undisputed pharaohs of the 14th dynasty to have left any attestation beyond the Turin canon, a king list compiled in the early Ramesside period.[2] Indeed, Sekheperenre is attested by a single scarab seal bearing his name. The seal is of unknown provenance and is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.[1][2]

Chronological Position

Sekheperenre's relative position in the 14th dynasty is somewhat secured by the Turin canon, which mentions him in column 9, line 16 (Gardiner entry 8.16).[4] According to the latest reading of the king list by Ryholt, Sekheperenre reigned 2 months and 1 to 5 days. In the previous authoritative study of the Turin canon, Alan Gardiner had read Sekheperenra's reign length as 2 years,[4] but Ryholt established that the number of years attributed to Sekheperenra by the canon was nil.[1] Sekheperenre was preceded by a king whose name is partially lost "[...]re" and succeeded by Djedkherewre.[1]

At the opposite, Sekheperenre's absolute chronological position is debated. According to egyptologists Kim Ryholt and Darell Baker, Sekheperenre was the twenty second king of the 14th dynasty.[1] Ryholt's reconstruction of the early 14th dynasty is controversial however and other specialists, such as Manfred Bietak and Jürgen von Beckerath, believe that the dynasty started shortly before Nehesy c. 1710 BC rather than c. 1805 BC as proposed by Ryholt. In this case, Sekheperenre would only be the seventeenth king of the dynasty.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g K.S.B. Ryholt: The Political Situation in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period, c.1800–1550 BC, Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications, vol. 20. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997, excerpts available online here.
  2. ^ a b c Darrell D. Baker: The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I - Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC, Stacey International, ISBN 978-1-905299-37-9, 2008, p. 374
  3. ^ Jürgen von Beckerath: Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen, Münchner ägyptologische Studien, Heft 49, Mainz : P. von Zabern, 1999, ISBN 3-8053-2591-6, available online see p. 110-111
  4. ^ a b Alan Gardiner, editor. Royal Canon of Turin. Griffith Institute, 1959. (Reprint 1988. ISBN 0-900416-48-3)
  5. ^ Jürgen von Beckerath: Untersuchungen zur politischen Geschichte der Zweiten Zwischenzeit in Ägypten, Glückstadt, 1964
  6. ^ Jürgen von Beckerath: Chronologie des pharaonischen Ägyptens, Münchner Ägyptologische Studien 46, Mainz am Rhein, 1997
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Pharaoh of Egypt
Fourteenth Dynasty
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