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Basalt scribal statue of the male official Ameny, shown cross-legged on top of a slim rectangular base.
He wears a shoulder length striated wig, set low on the forehead and tucked behind his large ears. His eyes are small and narrow, with a thick upper eyelid and arched eyebrows modelled in raised relief. His nose is large and broad at the tip, while his mouth is wide with a sharply incised lower lip. His chin is raised and suggests an upward gaze. His upper body is bare, with subtle modelling of the chest and a slightly narrowed waist. He wears a long kilt wrapped at the waist that envelops his lower body, with a visible loop of knotted material at his right side and a diagonal line of the edge of his clothing extending over his legs. His hands are also placed flat across his legs. Along the top of the statue base in front of Ameny is a short hozirontal line of incised text.
A portion of the front left edge of the base is now missing and there are some small chips across the hands and arms of the figure.
Height: 39 centimetres
Width: 21.50 centimetres
Depth: 27.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The statue is thought to date towards the latter half of the Twelfth Dynasty (Aldred 1950; PM VIII) based on stylistic features such as the cross-legged pose often associated with scribal figures, and the oversized ears which were a popular trait for elite images of this time.
C. Aldred, 1950. Middle Kingdom Art in Ancient Egypt 2300- 1590 BC (London), p.43, Pl. 35.
J. Leclant et al, 1978. Le Temps des Pyramides. De la Préhistoire aux Hyksos (1560 av. J.-C.) (gallimard), p. 220, Fig. 340.
S. Lloyd, 1974. The Art of the Ancient Near East (London), p. 121, Fig. 83.
W. Seipel, 1992. Gott, Mensch, Pharao (Vienna), p. 192-193, no. 60.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1992 May-Oct, Vienna, Kunstlerhaus, Gott-Mensch-Pharao: Die Entwicklung des Menschenbildes in der altagyptischen Kunst
1992/3 Nov-Feb, Mexico City, Museum of Anthropology & History, Egyptian Antiquities from European Collections
1997 May-Oct, Museum of St.Albans, Ancient Egypt
2006-present, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, LT Loan Ancient Egypt British Museum Partnership Gallery
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- Egypt and Sudan
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