Sabu also called Tjety

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Sabu called Thety
High Priest of Ptah in Memphis
Predecessor Sabu also called Ibebi
Dynasty 6th Dynasty
Pharaoh 6th Dynasty
Father Sabu named Ibebi?
Children Ptahshepses
Burial Saqqara
S29 F28 D58 G43 T
Sabu also called Tjety
s3bw ṯti
in hieroglyphs

Sabu also called Tjety was the High Priest of Ptah in the Sixth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, around 2300 BC. Sabu is mainly known from the remains of his mastaba in Saqqara (E.3). The inscriptions on the fragment of a false door were copied in the Nineteenth Century and present part of a biography. The fragments are today in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.[1] Sabu bears several titles including: Greatest of the Directors of the Craftsmen in the two houses (wr ḫrpw hmwt m prwy), chief lector priest, sole friend and count. [2]

The text is mentioning that before he was made High Priest of god Ptah there had always been two men holding this position. Sabu called Tjety was the first man to hold the position by himself.[3] His chronological position within the Sixth Dynasty is uncertain.


  1. Catalogue Generals 1706, 1756; Ludwig Borchardt: Denkmäler des Alten Reiches (ausser den Statuen) im Museum zu Kairo Nr. 1295–1808, Teil II: Text und Tafeln zu Nr. 1542–1808, Kairo, 1964, pp. 148, 177-78)
  2. Auguste Mariette; Gaston Maspero (editor): Les Mastabas de l'ancien empire, Paris 1889, p. 389-91
  3. James Henry Breasted: Ancient Records of Egypt: The first through the seventeenth dynasties, p. 133