Statue of Seated Scribe: Sema-Tawy-Tefnakht (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

Educational
664-610 B.C.
Egyptian
alabaster
Egypt
Overall: 29 1/2 × 18 1/2 × 16 in. (74.93 × 46.99 × 40.64 cm)
51.19.4
Sema-tawy-tefnakht was the chief minister of Pharaoh Psamtik I, whose name is in the cartouches on the scribe’s shoulders. He is shown with a papyrus scroll, the most common writing surface for Egyptian scribes, stretched across his lap. The Egyptian considered alabaster rare and precious and made relatively few statues from this material on this scale.
Dynasty 26
Late (Saite) Period
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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