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White limestone standing statue of boy, Kahersetef; figure standing with left foot advanced, arms hanging down, hands closed holding handkerchiefs (?), wears short wig covering ears, broad necklace and heart (?) amulet, short [kilt] with pleated apron and belt (end sticking up) with belt buckle, narrow back support up to middle of back of head, colors very well preserved except for details of necklace which were painted on white, body red-brown, hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes, and iris, space between arms and body and between legs, top of base, and some lines of necklace painted black, white of eye, [kilt], belt and end of belt sticking up and knob of handkerchiefs (?) white, back support and sides of base light yellowish-brown, traces of blue on necklace, hieroglyphs left white; name and titles inscribed horizontally (facing right) in four lines on top of base in front of right foot and partly beside advanced left foot, 1) [GLYPHS], 2) [GLYPHS], 3) [GLYPHS], 4) [GLYPHS] Kahersetef, vertical inscription on back of back support (facing right) [GLYPHS] Kednes, and scratched on unpainted (erased ?) surface [GLYPHS]; in perfect condition, only tiny bit broken out of chin and left hand slightly scratched. Illustration: Yes with hieroglyphs. Illustration scale: 1:3


  • ID
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    Mastaba G 2099, serdab, middle statue along S wall facing N
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.3 cm Width: 9.6 cm Thickness: 17.5 cm
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA 39.831 deaccessioned; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (49.21)
  • Date of Register Entry
  • Attested
    Kednes (in G 2099)
  • Owner
    Kahersetef (in G 2099)
  • Notes
    MFA 39.831 deaccessioned: sold to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, June 27,1949

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 2099

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

Full Bibliography

  • Manuelian, Peter Der. "Penmeru Revisited–Giza Mastaba G 2197 (Giza Archives Gleanings V)." Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 45 (2009), p. 34.

    Manuelian, Peter Der. "Excavating the Old Kingdom. The Giza Necropolis and Other Mastaba Fields." In Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999, p. 150, fig. 92.

    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. 70.

    Roth, Ann Macy. A Cemetery of Palace Attendants. Giza Mastabas 6. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1995, pp. 151-152, fig. 81, pl. 113.

Photos 13

People 2

Ancient People

  • Kahersetef (in G 2099)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Son ([sA=f] his son) of Raramu (owner of G 2099). Limestone standing statue (39-1-19 = MFA 39.831 deaccessioned = Richmond 49.21) inscribed for Kahersetef (back pillar inscribed for Kednes), identified as [wab nswt Hm-nTr xwfw xntj-S] royal wab-priest, priest of Khufu, palace attendant; also depicted on inscribed seat of limestone seated statue of Raramu (39-1-17 = Toledo 49.5), identified as [wab nswt smr xtrw(?) Hm-nTr xwfw xntj-S] royal wab-priest, companion of the kheteru(?), priest of Khufu, palace attendant; both statues found in situ in G 2099 serdab.
  • Kednes (in G 2099)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Son ([sA=f n Xt=f] his son of his body) of Raramu (owner of G 2099). Limestone triad (39-1-18 = Cairo JE 72138) of two men and small boy, Raramu (proper left), Nikauptah (proper right), Kednes (boy, center); Kednes identified as [wab nswt sS] royal wab-priest, scribe; limestone standing statue (39-1-19 = MFA 39.831 deaccessioned = Richmond 49.21) inscribed for Kahersetef, back pillar recut for Kednes, identified as [wab nswt Hm-nTr xwfw] royal wab-priest, priest of Khufu; both statues found in situ in G 2099 serdab.