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White limestone statuette, seated figure; short wig covers ears, right hand closed, left open on knee, inscribed [GLYPHS] Nishepsesnisut; only traces of color on skin. Illustration: No


  • ID
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    Mastaba G 4410, chapel, room O2, serdab 1
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38.5 cm Length: 22.5 cm
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA accession number: 21.352
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
  • Date of Register Entry
  • Owner
    Nishepsesnisut (in G 4410)
  • Problems/Questions
    MFA accession number verified

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 4410

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Unpublished Documents 1

Full Bibliography

  • Divine, Domestic and Desert Animals in Ancient Egyptian Art: Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich Library. January 4- March 4, 1979. Greenwich, Connecticut: Friends of the Greenwich Library, 1979. no. 4.

    Markowitz, Yvonne J., Joyce L. Haynes, Rita E. Freed. Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids. Highlights from the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Expedition. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2002. pp. 84-85, cat. 28.

    Porter, Bertha, and Rosalind L.B. Moss. Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings 3: Memphis (Abû Rawâsh to Dahshûr). Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1931. 2nd edition. 3: Memphis, Part 1 (Abû Rawâsh to Abûsîr), revised and augmented by Jaromír Málek. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974, p. 127.

    Reisner, George Andrew. A History of the Giza Necropolis I. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1942. p. 514, pl. 71 d-e.

    Simpson, William Kelly. The Face of Egypt: Permanence and Change in Egyptian Art: From Museum and Private Collections: The Katonah Gallery, March 13-May 15, 1977, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, June 14-August 28, 1977. Katonah: Katonah Gallery, 1977. pp. 14-15, 67, no. 1.

People 1

Ancient People

  • Nishepsesnisut (in G 4410)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Limestone seated statue (15-12-46 = MFA 21.352) inscribed for Nishepsesnisut, identified as [Hm-kA jmj-r sSr] ka-priest, overseer of linen; found in G 4410 serdab 1 (possibly intrusive). May be same individual as Nishepsesnisut (identified as [jr-ant Hm-kA] manicurist, ka-priest) depicted on north door jamb of entrance of inner room of chapel (Berlin (East) 1186) in G 4411, and named on limestone lintel fragment (14-3-21 = MFA 14.1453) found displaced in G 4521, probably G 4522 chapel, mastaba of origin unknown. However, since inscribed lintel fragment suggests existence of tomb owned by Nishepsesnisut, why was his statue placed in a secondary(?) serdab constructed in G 4410 chapel. Perhaps Nishepsesnisut actually is owner of G 4410 (like Tetu, who also appears in G 4411, is probably same individual as Tetu, owner of G 4420).