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Statue of a scribe with a baboon

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19–20
ca. 1295–1070 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna
H. 22 cm (8 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
This small figure of a scribe may lack the sculptural quality of the Museum's statue of Haremhab 23.10.1, but it does also emphasize the close relation of the depicted official with the god Thoth, deity of all things scribal. While the god features in the Haremhab statue prominently in the inscriptions, Thoth is here shown as a baboon who sits on the scribe's back. The most important example of this motif is the statue representing the 20th dynasty High Priest of Amun Ramessesnakht in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo (CG 41262), found in the "Cachette" of the temple of Karnak.
Purchased in Qurna, 1928.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 380, fig. 237.

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