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Painted limestone statue of a man, presumably Djefanisut


  • ID
  • Department
    Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    G 8991
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    28.0 x 9.6 x 15.5 cm; 2980 g
  • Credit Line
    Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo Special Register number
  • Journal d'Entree number
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
  • Excavator
    Selim Hassan (Bey), Egyptian, 1886–1961
  • Owner
    Djefanisut (G 8991)
  • Notes
    From excavations of Selim Hassan, 1931. Listed in GEM records as statue of "Mesu ankh [sic]". This is incorrect; it is the following object registered in the JE (EMC_JE_66624, limestone servant statue) which is from the tomb of Mersuankh (G 8990).
  • Remarks
    ALTERNATE NUMBER(S): EMC_SR_2/_14749; EMC_JE_66623 RELATED CONSTITUENT(S): Djefanisut (G 8991), Selim Hassan; RELATED SITE(S): G 8991

Full Bibliography

  • Hassan, Selim. Excavations at Gîza 1: 1929-1930, p. 65, pl. 44.2; Porter & Moss, p. 265.

Photos 3

People 2

Ancient People

  • Djefanisut (G 8991)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Owner of G 8991. Appears seated on eastern jamb of chapel entrance, identified as [jmAx xr nb=f] revered before his lord; in situ in G 8991. Uninscribed limestone seated statue (JE 66623) presumably depicting Djefanisut; found in G 8991.

Modern People

  • Selim Hassan (Bey)

    • Type Excavator
    • Nationality & Dates Egyptian, 1886–1961
    • Remarks Egyptologist; Sub Director General. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology. (1886-1961) Egyptian Egyptologist; born Mit-Nagi, 15 April 1886, he studied at the Higher Teacher's College, Cairo under Kamal (q.v.); in 1912 he became a teacher and in 1921 obtained a post in the Egyptian Museum as assistant keeper; he studied in Paris 1923-7 at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes; he was the first Egyptian to be appointed as a Professor of Egyptology in the Universitv of Cairo, 1928 - 36; he was later made Deputy Director of the Egyptian Antiquities Service responsible for the care of all monuments in the Nile valley, 1936-39; Ph.D. Vienna University, 1935; stimulated by the archaeological work of P. E. Newberry (q.v.) and Junker (q.v.)he began an active career in excavations with the clearance of some of the Giza mastabas in 1929; the excavations carried on by him in this necropolis continued until 1939 by which time a great deal of digging had been achieved, published in 10 parts; he also cleared the Sphinx and its temple, for the first time completely digging out the great amphitheatre around it and ensuring that it would not be buried by send again so easily; he wrote a study on this work and on the temple of Amenhotep II here; in addition the so-called Fourth Pyramid or the palace-façade tomb of Queen Khent-kawes of the Fourth Dynasty was investigated and also the funerary town of the priests associated with it; he later worked on the Unas causeway at Saqqara and at the valley temple of this king, discovering some of the mastabas in this area and two great subterranean tombs dated to the Second Dynasty; his final excavations at Giza were carried out on the east and south faces of the Great Pyramid and at the mortuary temple of King Khufu, 1938-9; he also took part in the campaign to save the monments of Nubia, and wrote a report on this subject; he published about 53 books and articles on Egyptological subjects in English, French, and Arabic, Hymnes religieux du Moyen Empire, 1928; Le Poème dit de Pentaour et Le rapport officiel sur la bataiILe de Qadesh , 1929; Excavations at Giza, 10 pts., 1929-60; The Sphinx. Its History in the Light of recent Excavations, 1949; Report on the Monunents of Nubia,1955Excavations at Saqqara 1937-8, 3 vols., 1975; in Arabic Literature of Ancient Egpt, 2 vols.; Ancient Egypt from Prehistoric Times to the Age of Rameses 11, 6 vols.; he died in Giza, 30 Sept. 1961. AfO 20 (1963), 310 (H. Brunner); Archaeology 14, no, 4 (1961, 293; ASAE 58 (1964), 61- 84 (bibl.) (Dia Abou-Ghazi); Orientalia 31 (1962), 271; Goettinger Miszellen 76 (1984), 78-80; Reid, JAOS 105 (1985), 237, 241-44.