(Auto)biography, lines 145-157, inscription from the tomb of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hassan

Egypt, Beni Hassan, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), Upper Cemetery, Chapel, South wall.

The (auto)biography of Khnumhotep II is incised on sunk relief below the coloured dado on the lower part of all four walls of the chapel. The (auto)biography begins on the east wall, north of the shrine and runs anti-clockwise, ending on the east wall, south of the shrine. On the south wall between lines 160 and 161 is a small false door carved in bas-relief False door with torus moulding and cavetto cornice. The inscription reads:

(143-150) psš.n.f jtr ꜤꜢ ḥr jꜢt.f gs.f jmntj n Jnpwt r-mn-m ḫꜢswt jmntjwt ḫft spr jrj-pꜤt ḥꜢtj-Ꜥ H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) sꜢ Nḫt mꜢꜤ-ḫrw nb jmꜢḫ r ḏd n rḫ mw.j ḥswt wr(w)t nt-ḫr nswt 'He (the king) divided the great river along its middle, its western side to the Jackal nome as far as the western deserts, when the hereditary prince, the count, Khnumhotep's son, Nakht, the justified, the possessor of veneration, petitioned saying: My waters do not know the great favours of the king'.

(150-160) kjj wr/smsw m nḏ m smr wꜤtj ꜤꜢ jmj-n smrw ꜤšꜢ jnw pr nswt smr wꜤ nn wn ḥr ḫw.f sḏmw n.f sḏmw r wꜤ ḥtm rw jnn Ꜣḫt n nb.s jrj ꜤꜢ ḫꜢswt Nḥrj sꜢ H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) sꜢ H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) jr n nbt-pr H̱tjj 'Another prince/eldest was appointed as sole companion, greatest among the companions, abundant of gifts from the palace, a sole companion with none beside him, one to whom the judges listen, the only mouth which provides speeches, one who brings what is good to its owner, the keeper of the gateway to the foreign lands, Khnumhotep, son of Khnumhotep, son of Nehri, born to the lady of the house, Khety'.

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, Reign of Amenemhat II (c. 1918-1884 BCE).
Egypt, Beni Hassan, Upper Cemetery, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), Chapel, South wall, Lower section, Wall.
Relief or Polychrome Paint.
Parent Context
Chapel, Autobiography
Data Credits
Compiled by Madeline Jenkins and the Beni Hassan Research Group with resources from the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre, and the Australian Centre for Egyptology.
Project Funding
Supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme: DP160102223 "Measuring meaning in Egyptian art: A new approach to an intractable problem" held by N. Kanawati (MQ), L. Evans (MQ), A. Woods (MQ) and J. Kamrin (Met), the Macquarie University Department of Ancient History, and the Macquarie University Faculty of Arts.
Original Citation
N. Kanawati & L. Evans, Beni Hassan: Volume I: The Tomb of Khnumhotep II (Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 36, Aris and Phillips, Oxford, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-85668-846-1), pls. 10c (photograph),
Recorded and published with permission from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Photographs by Effy Alexakis as part of research on site. Copyright Macquarie University 2018. All rights reserved.
Cite this
Madeline Jenkins "(Auto)biography, lines 145-157, inscription from the tomb of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hassan ." In The Beni Hassan Visual Dictionary: Khnumhotep II, edited by Alexandra Woods, Brian Ballsun-Stanton, and Nicolle Leary. Sydney: Macquarie University, 2018. https://benihassan.com/dictionary/Khnumhotep+II+Tomb+3/Autobiography+lines+145-157+inscription/