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Nikare as a scribe

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 5
Reign:
reign of Niuserre or later
Date:
ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Djoser Pyramid, south precinct possibly
Medium:
Granite, paint
Dimensions:
h. 31 cm (12 3/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
48.67
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Old Kingdom Egyptians sought to express a person's intangible personality by a multiplicity of images. Nikare was represented by at least four statues, including two in the Museum's collection (see also 52.19). In this statue he slightly bends his head he sits with over a papyrus, which he unrolls on his lap. The text records his name and title: Employee of the Granary, Nikare.
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Employee of the Granary, Nikare.
Possibly former collection of Levi de Benzion, Cairo. Purchased by the Museum from Frank J. Tano, New York, 1948.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 110.

Hibbard, Howard 1980. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harper & Row, 40, fig. 70.

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