Inscribed fragment of a scribal statue

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III outer edge to south


Overall: 12 x 16.5 x 23 cm (4 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Basalt (?)

Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment consists of the lower portion of a figure seated cross-legged. The skirt is spread over the knees with two horizontal lines of incised inscription on the top. The inscription is a hetep di nesewt formula to Khnum. The front and right side of base are inscribed with a horizontal line of inscription. The left side of the base is missing. Part of the back pillar remains. It joins 20.1191b.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III outer edge to south. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition