one of the principal dignitaries of the Kushite dynasty (twenty-fifth dynasty, 710–c. 650 BCE), whose vast tomb was dug into the Asasif (western bank of Thebes). He was the grandson of a certain Ankhefenamen; his father was Pedimont, a member of the Theban clergy, and his mother's name was Nestwereret. His family was allied to the Ethiopian dynasty. As “Director of All Divine Functions,” he was the great major-domo of the two Divine Adoratrices—Amenirdis I, whom he outlived, and Shepenupet, daughter of King Piya. Apart from his tomb at Thebes (tomb 37), we know of Harwa through some beautiful statues, an offering table found at Deir el-Medina, and some small funeral statuettes (shawabtis).


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Jean Leclant; Translated from French by Susan Romanosky