SOBEKNEFERU 1805–1802 BC


The first female pharaoh of Egypt of which there is solid proof. She ascended to the throne rather abruptly after her brother, Amenemhat IV died.

It must have been an overwhelming situation for her, all of a sudden thrust into one of the most powerful positions on the planet literally overnight.
There isn’t much in the way of a literary text or even busts/statues of her.

There was a sculpture attributed to her that was lost during the chaos of world war 2. Now only photographs remain (the one in the above picture) her nose has been unceremoniously severed either by accident or by malicious intent.

She died after having reigned for only 3 or 4 years. No heirs were borne of her and with her death came the end of the 12th dynasty of Egypt and the end of the golden age of the Middle Kingdom.

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