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    Kneeling Statue of the Scribe and Treasurer Sety

    This statue of Sety, a scribe and superintendent of the treasury, is an early example of a non-royal person shown kneeling. The figure's pose, the obelisk-shaped back pillar (a solar symbol), and the inscribed prayer to the sun god Re indicate that the statue was set into a niche above Sety's tomb, facing east to greet the sunrise. Later kneeling figures of this type often hold a stela inscribed with a prayer, eliminating the need for clumsy stone bridges like the ones that reinforce the hand in this work.

    • Medium: Limestone, painted
    • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
    • Period: New Kingdom
    • Dimensions: 12 9/16 x 4 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (31.9 x 11.1 x 19 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: 37.263E
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Kneeling Statue of the Scribe and Treasurer Sety, ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 12 9/16 x 4 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (31.9 x 11.1 x 19 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.263E. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, CUR.37.263E_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
    • Catalogue Description: Kneeling statue of a scribe who raised his hands in worship. Wig is of the MK type but without striations. Overall archaic appearance due to the shape of the eyes, square beard, and stone fill-ins between the upper arms and the raised hands. Sety's garment ends below the knees and is covered in deeply cut inscriptions. Another line of inscription on the base is mostly lost. Condition: Left arm is missing from the level of the elbow. The nose is chipped and the right eye and brow are damaged. The left corner of the base is missing in the front and the right front corner is chipped. The right front chip has carried away part of the inscription. The back pillar is chipped in numerous spots. The paint layer is sound, the skin being a nice reddish brown. The hieroglyphs still retain their red paint. Discoloration is found on the left side of the skirt.
    • Record Completeness: Best (82%)
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