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Old Kingdom limestone statue of man sitting on square stone seat with feet resting on base formed by forepart of seat; figure slightly inclined backwards, forarms rest on upper legs, right hand clenched back up holding roll (handkerchief ?), left hand open palm down, legs straight down side by side but not touching, whole figure painted red except wig and [kilt], seat and base and space between legs painted black, wide full wig painted black hangs down to shoulders and a little longer at back without covering earlobes, eyebrows and eyelashes painted black over red, white of eye left red, iris painted dark brown with black pupil over red, traces of white color of necklace over red (other colors gone) and of broad white painted bracelet on each arm with black outlined amulet, nipples painted black, [kilt] painted white; inscription: name [GLYPHS] Nefu inscribed twice on front side of seat (on right and on left side of legs) and [GLYPHS] on right side and on left side of seat; piece on right side of base broken off and refastened in antiquity with two wood pegs (lost) in round holes. Illustration: Yes


  • ID
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    Pit G 7946 G, debris of pit
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    Height: 44 cm Width: 19 cm Thickness: 31.5 cm
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA 31.778 deaccessioned; Nelson-Atkins Museum (48.47)
  • Date of Register Entry
  • Owner
    Nefu (G 7946)
  • Notes
    MFA 31.778 deaccessioned: sold to Nelson-Atkins Museum (formerly William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Atkins Museum of Fine Arts), Kansas City, Missouri, December 6, 1948
  • Problems/Questions
    MFA accession number verified

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 7946

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery

Published Documents 1

Unpublished Documents 1

Full Bibliography

  • 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. 207.

People 1

Ancient People

  • Nefu (G 7946)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Owner of G 7946. Limestone seated statue (31-1-6 = MFA 31.778 deaccessioned = Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri 48.47) inscribed for Nefu and limestone standing pair statue (31-1-4 = MFA 31.777) inscribed for Nefu and Khenmetsetju; both found in G 7946 G.