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.
late 5th Dynasty, ca. 2400 BC
H 38,5 cm, B 27,3 cm, T 16,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Ägyptisch - Orientalische Sammlung
Ägyptische Sammlung, INV 7442
1912, excavated by the Academy of Sciences, Vienna
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