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Statue of a man sitting cross-legged

late 5th Dynasty, ca. 2400 BC , From Giza, tomb D 106



Statue of a man sitting cross-legged

The sculpture is a variant of the so-called scribe statue type: the man sits cross-legged on the ground like a scribe, but he does not hold a roll of papyrus on his lap. High-ranking officials had themselves depicted reading and writing because literacy was very esteemed.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Raum VII

Object data

Object Name





Old Kingdom,


late 5th Dynasty, ca. 2400 BC


Rose granite


H 38,5 cm, B 27,3 cm, T 16,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Ägyptisch - Orientalische Sammlung

Inv. No.

Ägyptische Sammlung, INV 7442


1912, excavated by the Academy of Sciences, Vienna

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