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Scribe statuette

Period:
Macedonian-Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Leaded bronze
Dimensions:
h. 6 cm (2 3/8 in); w. 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.137
  • Description

    This is an unusual statuette of a scribe. The features indicate a quite late date - a time when seated scribal statues have gone out of vogue. Preserved on the lap is an inlaid inscription that reads from the direction of the sitter, but only the first word "scribe" is clear. One could conjecture that the pose is adopted in this instance to represent a revered individual from the past who was a scribe such as Imhotep, but this would be a unique occurrence..

  • Provenance

    Purchased from Peter Sharrer, New Jersey, 1989.

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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