Statue of Harbes, called Psamtiknefer, son of Ptahhotep

Late Period, Saite

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127

Harbes was an official of the pharaoh Psamtik II. This statue depicts him protecting a figure of the god Osiris. Harbes wears the king's two cartouches on either shoulder. The statue was anciently set up in Karnak Temple at Thebes, where it constitutes a rare example inscribed for this king. By this time a typical Saite style originating in the north has spread throughout the country: Harbes has slightly tipped eyes and curving, although rather thick, lips that follow the style.

On the sides of the statue itself are lengthy invocation offerings to Osiris Wennefer, left, and Amun lord of Karnak, where Harbes' title, read as "Chief Scribe of the Great Prison", is given along with the name of his father Ptahhotep and mother Dinyhetiret. A long oddly laid out inscription is found on the back pillar. Harbes also follows a fashion of the era in receiving or adopting the ''good name'' Psamtiknefer or "King Psamtik is good''. Already in the Old Kingdom, "good names" appeared; however, in the Saite Period, and particularly the reign of Psamtik II, "good names" associating an individual with the pharaoh were very popular.

Statue of Harbes, called Psamtiknefer, son of Ptahhotep, Meta-greywacke

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.