Sekhemre Sementawy Djehuti was possibly the second king of the Theban 16th Dynasty reigning over parts of Upper Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period. Alternatively, he may be a king of the late 13th Dynasty or the king of the 17th Dynasty. Djehuty is credited with a reign of 3 years in the first entry of the 11th column of the Turin canon, according to Egyptologists Kim Ryholt and Darrell Baker, he was succeeded by Sobekhotep VIII. Indeed, on point, the Turin Canon is open to interpretations. There are several recorded with the name Sekhemre and the damage to the original document does not preserve the complete name. As a result, Djehuti, named Sekhemre Sementawy, may in principle correspond to any Sekhemre preserved on the king list, i. e. may be a ruler of the 13th, 16th and even 17th Dynasty. The Egyptologists Darrell Baker and Kim Ryholt believe that he was part of the 16th Dynasty, alternatively, two studies by Claude Vandersleyen and Christina Geisen date Djehutis reign to the very end of the Memphite 13th Dynasty. Geisens datation relies on stylistic considerations of his queens coffin, which however and this theory is supported by the discovery of the tomb of Djehutis queen, Mentuhotep, which is located in Dra Abu el-Naga, a necropolis usually associated with the 17th Dynasty. Scholars such as Chris Bennett however, point out that this not necessarily mean that Djehuti was buried in Dra Abu el-Naga as well. Djehuti is attested on the Turin canon and the Karnak king list, all of Djehutis contemporary attestions come from a 145 kilometres long stretch of the Nile valley from Deir el-Ballas in the north to Edfu in the south. This roughly corresponds to the territory in the sphere of influence of the rulers of the 16th dynasty, Djehutis nomen and prenomen are known from a single block discovered by Flinders Petrie in Deir el-Ballas. Queen Mentuhoteps tomb was found intact in 1822 and her coffin was inscribed with one of the earliest cases of the texts from the Book of the Dead. Mentuhoteps cosmetic box bears Djehutis nomen, prenomen and cartouche together with funerary formulae and it has been suggested that the unattributed Southern South Saqqara pyramid may have been built for Djehuti. This hypothesis is based on an inscription found within the pyramid. A possible reference to Weserkhau i. e. Djehutis Golden Horus name
Image: Block Djehuti by Khruner
Cosmetics box of queen Mentuhotep, wife of Djehuti. The box may have been intended to be the king's canopic chest.