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Four fragments of limestone seated family group statue; head and upper torso of woman wearing shoulder length wig and broadcollar, seated with proper right arm around shoulders of her husband; half of base with lap and legs of female figure; head and upper torso of man wearing short curled wig, with fragment of his wife's hand on his proper right shoulder; half of base with lap and legs of male figure, as well as, lower portion of nude male child standing between couple's legs; inscribed for Mertash and his son Senenu: vertically on side of base: [rx nswt jmAxw xr nTr aA jmj-r pr-HD mrtAS] the royal acquaintance, revered in the presence of the great god, overseer of the treasury, Mertash; in front of boy: [sA=f smsw sS snnw] his eldest son, the scribe, Senenu.


  • ID
  • Department
    Hearst Museum, Berkeley
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    Mastaba G 1039
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    23.5 x 18.2 cm (9 1/4 x 7 3/16 in)
  • Credit Line
    Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Hearst Egyptian Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Late Dynasty 5 or Dynasty 6
  • Date of Register Entry
  • Remarks
    Upper fragment of female figure visible in photographs of in situ G 1039 statue deposit (see C10347_OS through C10359_OS).

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 1039

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Full Bibliography

  • Lutz, Henry F. Egyptian Statues and Statuettes in the Museum of Anthropology of the University of California. University of California Publications. Egyptian Archaeology 5. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs, 1930, pp. 24-26, figs. 26, 27, pls. 36a, b, 37a, b.

    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. 54.