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Petrie Papyri:
Will of Ankh-ren

Will of Ankh-ren
1 Copy of the title to property made by the devoted servant(?) of the superintendent of works, Ankh-ren.
 
2 Year 44, month Peyni, day 13.
 
3 Title to property made by the devoted servant of the superintendent of works, Shepset's son, Ahy-senb, who is called Ankh-ren, of the Northern
uart.
 
4 All my property in marshland(?) and town(?) is for my brother the
uab in charge of the corps of Sepdu lord of the East, Shepset's son, Ahy-Senb, who is called Uah; 5 all my associated persons(?) (are) for this brother of mine. These things were deposited in copy(?) at the office of the second registrar(?) of the South, in the year 44, month Paophi, day 13.
 

Will of Uah

- -Year 44 of Amenemhat III (1841-1796 BCE), i.e. ca. 1797 BCE
-Peyni: 2nd month of shemu, mid-April to mid-May
- Northern uart: Lower Egypt. Egypt was seemingly divided into three territorial divisions at the time:
- the uart of the beginning of the South - the region around and above Thebes
- the uart of the South - Middle Egypt
- the uart of the North - Lower Egypt -uab: priest
-These things were deposited: Land conveyances were registered by the state.
-Paophi: 2nd month of akhet, mid-August to mid-September.

 
Will of Uah
6 Year 2, month Paophi, day 18.
 
7 Title to property made by the
uab in charge of the corps of Sepdu lord of the East, Uah: I am making a title to property to my wife, 8 the woman of Ges-ab, Sat-Sepdu's daughter Sheftu, who is called Teta, of all things given to me by my brother, 9 the devoted servant of the superintendent of works, Ankh-ren, as to each article in its place of everything that he gave me. She shall give it 10 to any she desires of her children that she bears (has borne ?) me. I am giving to her the eastern slaves, 4 persons, 11 that my brother, the devoted servant of the superintendent of works, Ankh-ren, gave to me. She shall give them to whomsoever she will of her children.
12 As to my tomb, let me be buried in it with my wife, without allowing anyone to move (?) earth to it.
13 Moreover, as to the apartments that my brother, the confidential servant of the superintendent of works, Ankh-ren, built for me, my wife dwelleth (shall dwell ?) therein, without allowing her to be put (forth) thence on the ground 14 by any person.
 
It is the deputy Gebu who shall act as guardian of my son (lit. "be child-educator for my son").

 
-the eastern slaves, 4 persons: These slaves had been given in payment to Uah and his brother Ankh-ren [1]
-my wife dwelleth (shall dwell ?) therein, without allowing her to be put (forth) thence: Women often needed special protection despite their theoretical equality before the law.
Will of Uah
1 Name list of the people in whose presence these things were done:
2 Decorator (or polisher ?) of columns, Kemen;
3 Doorkeeper of the temple, Ankhetfi's son, Apa;
4 Doorkeeper of the temple, Senb's son. Senb.

Will of UahWill of Uah
5 Title to property made by the uab in charge of the corps, Uah.

F. Ll. Griffith Hieratic Papyri from Kahun and Gurob,
Bernard Quaritch, London, 1898

 


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