Khui was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh during the early First Intermediate Period. Jürgen von Beckerath assigns him to the 8th Dynasty.[1]


The only attestation of this obscure ruler consists of a stone block bearing his cartouche, which was found in 1946-1948 by the French egyptologist Raymond Weill; the block was excavated from a tomb of the necropolis of Dara near Manfalut, in Middle Egypt.
This necropolis is dominated by a massive funerary structure which was hastily attributed to this obscure king (the so-called Pyramid of Khui), assuming that the block came from its almost disappeared mortuary temple.[2][3]

Today, it is likely that Khui was a nomarch which took advantage of the power vacuum following the collapse of the Old Kingdom and proclaimed himself king, in the same way of the coeval and neighboring Heracleopolite founders of the 9th Dynasty.[4][5]


  1. Jürgen von Beckerath, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen, München-Berlin, Deutscher Kunstverlag, 1984, p. 60, ISBN 3422008322.
  2. Mark Lehner, The Complete Pyramids, Thames & Hudson, ISBN 978-0-500-28547-3, p. 164
  3. Egyptian History Dyn. 6-11
  4. Barry Kemp, Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization, 2nd ed., New York, Routledge, 2006, pp. 338-339.
  5. Toby Wilkinson, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, New York, Random House, 2010, p. 123.


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