Skip Navigation

The King's Scribe Si-ese, Grinding Grain

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The subject of this unusual statuette, the royal scribe Sa-ese, kneels in front of a grinding stone. When complete, the figure would have shown him, with extended arms, in the act of grinding grain. This statuette belongs to a small group of sculptures that served as elaborate funerary figures or shabtis.

DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 3 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 4 in. (9.2 x 4 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.

Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact (charges apply).

For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch.

For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright.

If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
CAPTION The King's Scribe Si-ese, Grinding Grain, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 4 in. (9.2 x 4 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.125E. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.37.125E_1996_xrs_detail02.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1996
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Kneeling figures grinding grain. Inscribed for a man names S3-3st. The figure wears a double wig; the facial features are those found in sculpture during the reign of Amenhotep III. Inscriptions are to be found on the body and grinder. Condition: Right hand missing; part of chest missing; part of surface also missing on right thigh and lap; also right shoulder. Large cracks in wig.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.