Awibre Hor was one of the ephemeral kings who represent the middle and later periods of the Thirteenth Dynasty. King followed king in rapid succession, based on their capital at Dahshur. Control of the administration, such as it was in a time of chaotic conditions in the Valley, was in the hands of a succession of powerful viziers; the kings, in whose names notionally they ruled, were largely ciphers.
Awibre Hor is remembered principally for the very unusual wooden shrine which was found at what was evidently the site of his burial at Dahshur. The shrine contains a life-size figure of the king, who is represented as a naked man, stepping apprehensively from its protection. It is probable that the king was originally more decorously clothed, wearing a golden kilt. His statue is disturbingly lifelike, for unlike most royal statues which come from pillaged sites, his inlaid eyes are still intact.
Awibre Hor and his wife were buried in two shaft tombs near the pyramid of King Amenemhet III at Dahshur.
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