Harkhuf

Harkhuf

▪ governor of Aswan
flourished c. 2290–70 BC

      governor of southern Upper Egypt who journeyed extensively throughout Nubia (the modern Sudan).

      As attested by his tomb biography, Harkhuf, a native of Elephantine, was appointed governor of the southern part of Upper Egypt and overseer of caravans under King Merenre, third king of the 6th dynasty. His primary business, however, was trade with Nubia. His first journey originated from Memphis, near modern Cairo; its destination was either the Second Nile Cataract region or beyond, and it entailed seven months' travel. A second journey passed uneventfully. On the third trip, Harkhuf found the nation at war with a Libyan tribe. As part of his duty was to keep trade routes open, he persuaded the warring chief to desist from strife. Following an exchange of goods, Harkhuf returned with 300 asses laden with incense, ebony, skins, and ivory; an armed escort guided him through the territory of the potentially dangerous tribal coalition.

      Under Pepi II, fourth king of the 6th dynasty, Harkhuf traveled south again and brought back a Pygmy from inner Africa. The young king was delighted and sent a letter to Harkhuf, which was reproduced in his tomb.

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