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Scribe statuette

Ptolemaic Period
332–30 B.C.
From Egypt
Leaded bronze
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:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
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 of this pose to depict Imhotep.
Purchased from Peter Sharrer, New Jersey, 1989.

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