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Egyptian Seated Scribe Statue Art Decor
This Egyptian seated scribe statue reproduction is of the scribe Amenemhat. He was a royal scribe to the Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut (Dynasty 18th, 1479-1458 B.C.). This is a professional reproduction of a seated scribe statue from the University of Pennsylvania Museum collection and is shown wearing a traditional knee-length kilt and a shoulder length wig typical of an Egyptian courtier. This scribe sits cross-legged with one knee raised, and the position and the hieroglyphs along his arm identify him by title and name. Scribes held an important place in ancient Egyptian society, as it is estimated that less than 5% of the population could read and write.
Amenemhat probably learned his skills in a royal temple school, and his abilities placed him in an elite sector of the population. Additional texts carved on the statue base and across the lap of his kilt request offerings from the god Amun and Horus, lord of Buhen. In the text, some of Amenemhat's occupations or duties are mentioned. He was a "sturdy manager of the king," a "vigilant manager of the god's wife." Statues such as this one were often placed in a temple or a shrine near the cult image of a god. While appearing completely Egyptianized, Amenemhat was in fact a native Nubian. He was the son of a man named Lesaw, who was a Nubian chieftain. During Dynasty 18 many Nubians were acculturated to the Egyptian way of life as Egypt's empire expanded southward into Nubia.
This statue was found in the temple of Horus at Buhen. The original was carved out of diorite, and this is a reduced scale size.
The statue is professionally shipped and includes an information card about the seated scribe statue reproduction and tag. Size: about 6" H X 4" W X 4" D, weight: 2 lbs
Cast in Resin from the University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Excellent for home decor, office or as a cultural centerpiece.
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