Statuettes of three scribes. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, ca. 2100–1800 B. C.

Painted wood
H. 35 cm; w. 27 cm; th. 36 cm
Provenance: Achmim
I.1.а 5872
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The figurines of scribes kept in the State Museum of Fine Arts belong to the so-called servant models
type. In the end of the Old Kingdom and during the period of the Middle Kingdom such wooden figurines
of servants were placed in the tombs of noblemen. The sculptures were often grouped by specialization
(weavers, carpenters, etc.).

The scribes from the State Museum of Fine Arts are depicted in short white robes. They are holding
something that looks like papyrus scrolls in their hands, and one of them has a pen case under his arm.
Initially the composition consisted of three figures; however, the only remaining part of the left one today
is a fragment of feet.

  • Painted wood
    H. 35 cm; w. 27 cm; th. 36 cm
  • At the PMFA since 1911
    Provenance: Achmim
  • I.1.а 5872
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