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Seated Statue of Nakhtsaes

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor

Except for the loss of the head, this statue of a man named Nakhtsaes is in unusually good condition. Nakhtsaes's name and job titles are written in the vertical strips of hieroglyphs beside his legs and feet. A rather unusual feature of this statue is that figures are shown in relief on the sides of the seat. To Nakhtsaes's left are a naked boy named Akhet-hotep and a girl or woman named Weseret-kaw, whose relationship to Nakhtsaes is not specified. The figure on his right side, who is shown writing on a piece of papyrus, is identified as "the scribe Sekhem-ka," He is equipped with a second pen, which is stuck in his hair.

MEDIUM Limestone, painted
  • Possible Place Collected: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2371–2298 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late V Dynasty or early VI Dynasty
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 24 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. (62.2 x 26 x 42.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Seated Statue of Nakhtsaes, ca. 2371–2298 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 24 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. (62.2 x 26 x 42.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.22E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, 37.22E_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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