L'Associazione culturale Harwa "2001" presenta:

Who was Harwa ?


List of the Harwa's statues

British Museum EA 55306
British Museum EA 32555
Cairo JE 36930
Cairo JE 36711
Cairo JE 37386
Cairo JE 37377
Leipzig 8163
Louvre A84 - N 85


Harwa was an enigmatic person in ancient Egyptian history. He lived at the beginning of the 7th century BC, when the Nile Valley was in the hands of the Nubian Pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty. He held the position of Great Steward of the Divine Votaress, a position that allowed him to manage the huge resources of the state of Amun-Re of Karnak  This position was held for three centuries by the members of the clergy and embraced the whole southern Egypt. The importance of Harwa is mainly demonstrated by the eight statues portraying him in various attitudes which are now kept in the major Egyptian collections all over the world (Cairo, Asswan, Paris, London and Leipzig).  

The excavations in the Tomb of Harwa have been carried out since 1995 by the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor.  These excavations have yielded useful data to improve the knowledge of Harwa and the historical period in which he lived. The data from the excavation indicates that Harwa was, not only a dignitary holding huge powers, but the actual ruler of the whole of southern Egypt, ruling on behalf of the pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty. This conclusion is  supported by a limestone shabty (funerary statuette), discovered in 1997 into the tomb, showing Harwa holding in his hands the crook and the flail, that is to say, the regalia, the characteristic emblems of the pharaonic royalty. Another shabty is kept in the Egyptian collection of the MFA, Boston.