The Pyramid of Khentkaues II
the south side of the pyramid of Neferirkare at Abusir is a small
structure that has been clearly established as belonging to the
consort of Neferirkare, Khentkaues II.
Queen Khentkaues was married to Neferirkare and the mother of Neferefre
Inscriptions indicate that her complex was started during the reign
of her husband, Neferirkare, and finished during the reign of her
son, Niuserre. Niuserre was perhaps underage when he ascended the
throne, and if so, Khentkaues probably acted as his regent, effectively,
as ruler of Egypt.
The pyramid is mostly in ruins. Measuring four meters high it was
of a simple design built using the discarded limestone from the
Neferirkare pyramid. The core is of three layers, bound with mortar
made of clay. The casing was high quality white limestone, and it
once had a dark gray granite pyramidion, of which fragments have
There were small remains of the queens funerary equipment found
within the pyramid, including fragments from her pink granite sarcophagus,
bits of her mummy wrappings and some shards from stone vessels.
Markings on these clearly demonstrated that they belonged to Khentkaues