Headless Statuette of a Scribe
The Egyptians valued literacy even more than physical strength or military prowess. Individuals wishing to immortalize their wisdom and education frequently commissioned statues of themselves as scribes, professional men whose income derived from their great learning rather than physical labor. Images of scribes, showing their subjects seated with papyrus rolls in their laps, were placed in tombs as early as the Fourth Dynasty (circa 2625–2500 B.C.).
- Medium: Gneiss
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1875 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 6 7/16 x 4 13/16 x 5 9/16 in. (16.4 x 12.3 x 14.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 73.87.1
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Headless Statuette of a Scribe, ca. 1938-1875 B.C.E. Gneiss, 6 7/16 x 4 13/16 x 5 9/16 in. (16.4 x 12.3 x 14.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 73.87.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)