- Kanefer -
Kanefer was a son of Snofru, the founder of the 4th Dynasty. He held the title "eldest son of the king", but this does not per definition imply that he was the king's firstborn, but rather, that at one point, he was the king's oldest surving son. The name of his mother is not known.
Two or possibly three of his brothers (Nefermaat, an unnamed prince and possibly also Rahotep) were buried at the royal necropolis of Meidum, the first necropolis founded by Snofru. Kanefer, on the other hand, was buried in a tomb at Dashur, the necropolis that Snofru favoured during the second half of his reign. This implies that Nefermaat, the unnamed prince and Rahotep must have died during the first half of Snofru's reign, making it more likely that they were older than Kanefer.
Kanefer held many important titles. Among them the high religious title Greatest of Seers and the more mundane title Overseer of the Troops, which is often translated as General. It was in this capacity that he extended Egyptian control over the Sinai.
Like Nefermaat before him, Kanefer bore the title of Vizier as well.
The fact that he was buried at Dashur and did not succeed his father means that he died before his father did, leaving the throne to his younger (half?) brother Kheops.
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