About this object

Statuette of a male figure carved from serpentine with an inscription that invokes the deified king Sneferu of the 4th Dynasty. The figure is standing with left arm held across the chest and right arm held at the side with the hand holding a fold of cloth. The facial details are simply carved, with short cropped hair and protruding ears. He wears a kilt with the upper surface inscribed with a single column of hieroglyphic text giving the beginning of an offering formula which breaks off halfway down: " An offering which the king gives to Snefer(u) the revered one before..." [Htp di nsw snfr[w] imAHw...]. Broken off at shins and part of left elbow missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    Dynasty 12 - 13
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    Early 20th Century
  • Measurements
    200 mm x 110 mm x 75 mm
  • Related people

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  • El Arabah: A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Temenos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety

    Garstang, John

    Author: Garstang, John
    Publisher: Egyptian Research Account
    Date: 1901
    Description: Publication of the Egyptian Research Account's excavations at the cemeteries in the Abydos region, 1900. The title of the book "el Arabah" takes its name from the nearby modern town name. Garstang's fieldwork report is accompanied by notes made by Percy Newberry (on the hieroglyphic inscriptions) and J. Grafton Milne (on the Greek graffiti).


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