The small Seated Scribe was once part of a votive offering to Thoth, the patron god of writing. It is a particularly graceful example of the artistic production during the reign of Amenhotep III (1391–53 BCE) in the New Kingdom.
Maker Egyptian
Title
  • Seated Scribe
Date between 1391 and 1353 BCE
Medium graywacke
Dimensions Overall: 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 2 1/4 inches (6.4 × 6.4 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Lillian Henkel Haass and Constance Haass
Accession Number 31.70
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View Egyptian: Kingly Qualities, Level 1 (see map)
Inscriptions None
Raife.
by 1925, dealer, Kalibdjian Freres (Paris, France).
Haass.
1931-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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