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Perfect limestone statue, standing figure of [GLYPHS] Minnefer; figure standing with left foot advanced, arms hanging down at sides, hands closed holding handkerchief (?), supported on back by slab of nearly same width as base with round top a little lower than head, wears short wig, [kilt] with pleated apron, belt with belt buckle and tie, body painted brown, [kilt] white, apron yellow, hair, back support, and base black, inscribed in three short horizontal lines on base in front of right foot (beside advanced left foot); even back of figure well-carved. Illustration: Yes


  • ID
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    Mastaba G 2421, serdab, first statue from N in row along W wall facing E (four statues of Min-nefer standing in row in serdab along W wall, facing E, smallest on N, largest on S, all but smallest incomplete, missing parts never found)
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    Height: 55 cm Width: 12 cm Length: base: 23 cm
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA 37.637 deaccessioned; Cleveland Museum of Art (1948.420)
  • Date of Register Entry
  • Owner
    Minnefer (G 2421)
  • Notes
    MFA 37.637 deaccessioned: sold to Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, December 6, 1948
  • Problems/Questions
    MFA accession number verified

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 2421

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

Unpublished Documents 1

Full Bibliography

  • Reisner, George A. "Note on Objects Assigned to the Museum by the Egyptian Government." Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 36, No. 214 (April 1938), p. 27, fig. 2.

People 1

Ancient People

  • Minnefer (G 2421)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Owner of G 2421. Four limestone standing statues (36-5-40 = MFA 37.637 deaccessioned = Cleveland 1948.420, 36-5-41 = MFA 37.639, 36-5-42, 36-5-43 = MFA 37.2740) inscribed for Minnefer, identified on all as [sHD xntjw-S pr-aA] inspector of palace attendants of the Great House; all found in situ in G 2421 serdab (incorrectly attributed to G 2427 in Porter-Moss III, p. 94). Limestone lintel (36-5-67) inscribed for Minnefer and his wife Hekenu; Minnefer identified as [jmj-r wpwt xntjw-S pr-aA rx nswt Hrj-sStA sHD xntjw-S pr-aA] overseer of commissions of palace attendants of the Great House, royal acquaintance, secretary, inspector of palace attendants of the Great House; found displaced in G 2421. Limestone offering basin (12-11-54) inscribed for Minnefer, identified as [jmj-r st xntjw-S pr-aA xrp aH(?) Hrj-sStA n nb=f sHD xntjw-S pr-aA] overseer of the department of palace attendants of the Great House, director of the palace(?), secretary of his lord, inspector of palace attendants of the Great House; found in test hole north of G 2375 (G 2399), probably originally from G 2421.