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Hetepni, an Ancient Egyptian Tax Collector

Updated: Jun 21, 2022


Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200 BC, from Saqqara, Egypt, now at Neues Museum AM 34428

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC


Hetepni was an accountant and tax collector in the revenue office of the king over 4000 years ago in Egypt. Found in Saqqara, this mortuary statue tells us that he was responsible:

‘…for the counting of everything that crawled or flew in the water and in the marshland‘.

The statue dates from the end of the 6th Dynasty, the last of the Old Kingdom, after which Egypt entered a period of political unrest. He may have served was Pepi II, who is credited at being one of the longest reigning monarchs in history at 94 years.


Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200BC, from Saqqara, Neues Museum AM 34428

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC


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