Scribal statue

Old Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7110-7120; G 7120


Overall: 52 x 32 x 39.5 cm (20 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 15 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black granodiorite

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



Lower half of diorite squatting statue of Kawab; hands holding open papyrus roll on lap, right hand closed thumb inwards (holding pen?), left hand open? (palm down ); inscription on papyrus roll facing figure, reading from right to left, top row: “‘Htp dj nswt, 1000 of bread, 1000 of beer, 1000 of cake, 1000 of oxen, linen (1000 omitted), 1000 of gazelle, 1000 of geese, re nb”; second line: “[n wr mDw sma(w) kA-wAb]”; inscription on top of front part of base, reading from right to left, [GLYPHS], and on belt, reading from right to left, [GLYPHS]; broken off above belt in front and a little further down on back, raised parts of arms and hands broken off as well as both knees, projecting part of base and toes of left foot broken off. HU-MFA Expedition Photo A7192.


From Giza. G 7110 - 7120; G 7120. 1934 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition