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Seated scribe model

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This figure from a wooden model depicts a seated scribe. It is carved from a single piece of wood. His skin is painted a deep reddish-brown and he wears a short, black-painted wig. Eyes are detailed in black and white paint. The figure is clothed in a short white kilt. An unrolled sheet of...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11 or 12, 2061–1783 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 9.5 x 5.7 x 5.4 cm (3 3/4 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4161

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

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