Amenemhat's Scribe Statuette

A replica statue of the scribe Amenemhat produced for the UPenn Museum sits less than half as tall as the 14+" high original. Its hieroglyphs and form are quite faithful to the original (with a little crude glyph enhancement). The Coxe Expedition's 1911 publication of Vol. VIIfn1 includes complete transcription and translation of the texts on the scribe's body and Vol. VIIIfn2 illustrates with plates of the statue. The texts are transcribed verbatim below in left-to-right orientation, mirrored from the right-to-left on the original statue.

"Amenemhat... is seated on the ground with his left leg upright and his right leg folded under it. He is naked to the waist, but over his knees is spread a kilt on which is carved an inscription containing his name and title and a prayer to Horus of Buhen. Written in five vertical lines the inscription is as follows:" [oriented for Amenemhat to read]

M23X1X8R4G4V30D58O4
N35
O49

An offering which the king gives! Horus, lord of Buhen,

R8O29VW19X1
Z4
C1D36
I9

great god, similitude of Re, may he grant

G25Aa1F12Aa11vP8O50
I9
X1
G1

splendour, strength and triumph [against] the foes,

T18S29N35C10G1
N33A
N35
D28

a following of those who belong to (the goddess) Maat (?) for the ka

N35U23X7
N35
D40
N35
M23X1
N35
M17Y5
N35
Aa15F4
X1

of the valiant foreman of the king, Amenemhat.

"On the edge of the kilt, passing along the thighs and behind the back, is a single line of inscription:"

M23X1
R4
X8M17Y5
N35
D37
I9
P5M29N35
V22
X1
A115N35A
D2 Z1
D58 D58
X1
M17E23
N36

An offering which the king gives! Amon, may he grant a sweet wind of the north, a drinking of the water upon the eddy of the stream

N35
D28
N35
U23T13
D4
D1
Z1
N35
R8 N41
X1
M12aM17Y5
N35
G17F4
X1 Z1
A52

for the ka of the watchful foreman of the god's wife the [.....]* Amenemhat.

"* the sign before "Amenemhat" must be a title, unless it is a determinative of Hm :t - Hmw t "artizans" (?). But the reading Hm t nTr "god's wife" is more likely because of xrp qn n stn below, and xrp rsi-DADA n sA t stn in his stela (see below, p. 112)."

"There is a third inscription on the top of the stone base:" [beside his left foot]

M23X8R4
X1 Q3
M12Z1G17Aa1
X1
V30
X1
F35
X1
D60
X1
O3

An offering which the king gives! A thousand of everything good and pure, funeral offerings of bread and beer

[between his knee and foot on the front base:]

N35
D28
N35
M24Y3M17Y5
N35
G17F4
X1 Z1
A52

for the ka of the royal acquaintance, the scribe, Amenemhat.

"And finally his name is written again on the upper part of the right arm:"

Y3M17Y5
N35
Aa15F4
X1 Z1
A52

The scribe Amenemhat.

These hieroglyphs read from right-to-left just like the ones that wrap around Amenemhat's thighs

  1. University of Pennsylvania Egyptian Department of the University Museum
    Eckley B. Coxe Junior Expedition to Nubia: Vol. VII
    BUHEN
    by D. Randall-Maciver and C. Leonard Woolley
    University Museum, Philadelphia MCMX1 (1911)
    Vol VII pdf
  2. University of Pennsylvania Egyptian Department of the University Museum
    Eckley B. Coxe Junior Expedition to Nubia: Vol. VIII
    BUHEN
    PLATES
    by D. Randall-Maciver and C. Leonard Woolley
    University Museum, Philadelphia MCMX1 (1911)
    Vol. VIII Plates pdf

TOC
Hieroglyphic vocabulary
Amenemhet's inscriptions
Who was Amenemhet?
Lintel inscriptions
Kings' Cartouches
Horse hieroglyphs
WikiHiero
Tut's Djed Amulet