Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet

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Psamtik I is in the horizon

Even though the exact date of origin of this sarcophagus is difficult to establish, the name of its owner, Wahibreemakhet, can help us date it. The first part of his name, Wahibre, refers to the name of a pharaoh. Including the name of the pharaoh in a personal name was a way of honoring the ruling pharaoh. In this case, it could concern one of two possible pharaohs from the 26th Dynasty (664 BCE – 525 BCE). Both pharaoh Psamtik I (664 – 610 BCE) and pharaoh Apries (589 – 570 BCE) used Wahibre (literally Enduring is the heart of Ra) as one of their official names.

Considering stylistic characteristics, it seems most likely that the sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet dates from the reign of Psamtik I. G. Vittmann, Ägypten und die Fremden im ersten vorchristlichen Jahrtausend, Mainz am Rhein, 2003), 203. The meaning of his full name is: Psamtik I is in the horizon.