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Seated statuette of an official

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This enigmatic travertine statuette of an unidentified official differs strikingly in both form and material from most three-dimensional representations of humans in Egyptian art. The figure, seated on a cube-shaped seat without a back, is highly abstract, with barely articulated limbs and a...

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Provenance

By 1959: William Kelly Simpson Collection; lent to the MFA by William Kelly Simpson November 16, 1959; given to the MFA by William Kelly Simpson January 13, 1971. (Accession Date: January 13, 1971)

Credit Line

Gift of William Kelly Simpson in memory of William Stevenson Smith

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty 12, 2140–1926 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Object Place

Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 28 x 12.5 x 19.5 cm (11 x 4 15/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.20

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture