Dahshur Decree of Pepi I


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 September 2019
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This is a detail of a large limestone fragment which came from the pyramid complex of the Egyptian pharaoh Sneferu (r. 2613 to 2589 BCE) of the 4th Dynasty of Egypt. This is one of the very few and important legal texts from the Old Kingdom. Pepi I (r. 2335-2285 BCE) of the 6th Dynasty issued a decree which states that the town and its inhabitant surrounding the pyramid complex of his predecessor Sneferu have certain privileges and protection; for example, priests conducting religious rituals for Sneferu there are exempted from corvée and taxes. The Horus name of Pepi I (mry-tꜢwi; Beloved of the Two Lands) appears on the right while the cartouche of Sneferu can be seen at the upper mid-part of this image. From the pyramid of Sneferu at Dahshur, Egypt. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, reign of Pepi I, (r. 2335-2285 BCE). On display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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