Wood Figure of a Scribe

Culture: Egyptian
Period: 12th Dynasty, 1991-1802 B.C.
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 8.2 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1149
Provenance: Private collection of Giancarlo Ligabue.
Condition: An extremely finely worked wood statuette with intensively preserved polychromy.
Description: Extraordinarily rare wood figure of a seated scribe with crossed legs, holding on his lap his writing tablet. He wears a white apron and a white belt across his left shoulder and looks straight ahead. The left hand rests with stretched out fingers on the writing tablet, the right one once held a cane. The contours of the eyes and hair in black color, the lips thick. The figure has a small perforation at the bottom, indicating that it once was part of a model, possibly serving with other scribes in a granary. For reference see: „Model of Granary with Scribes“ at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, Accession Number 20.3.11.