Egyptian Pharaoh. He ruled Egypt during the Fourth Dynasty, coming to power in approximately 2532 BC. He reigned for about eighteen years, and has a reputation for being a relatively benign ruler, especially in comparison with his father, Khafra, the builder of the Great Pyramid. His own pyramid, where he was buried on his death in about 2504 BC, is the smallest of those on the Giza Plateau. His tomb was excavated by Richard William Howard Vyse and John Shae Perring in 1837. A large basalt sarcophagus found in the burial chamber was shipped to the British Museum in London, but was lost when the ship carrying it sank off Malta in 1838.
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