Hand of an inscribed scribe statue

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, trench lower 7 (south of Z) in debris

Dimensions

Overall: 5.5 x 8.5 x 4 cm (2 3/16 x 3 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3984

Medium or Technique

Granodiorite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This is fragment of a seated, cross-legged figure. The finely modeled open, right hand rests on the kilt. Incised hieroglyphs on the lap consisting of “niwet” sign and “netcher nefer.” The stone is black granodiorite, the break areas look almost melted (often with large pink feldspar veins or inclusions). GD4.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, trench lower 7 (south of Z) in debris. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition