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Scribe Iay, Chief of the Double Treasure

REF RE000108 EAN 3336727444139


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Scribe Iay, Chief of the Double Treasure

Iay, a high ranking official of the Pharaoh (Chief of the Double Treasure), is seated cross-legged in the well-known position of a scribe. In his left hand, he holds a papyrus unrolled over his knees, showing the list of funerary offerings. He wears a large wig, which leaves his ears uncovered, and a short belt-less skirt tied simply at the waist with a knot.

The first portrayals of seated scribes go back to the 4th Dynasty (around 2620-2500 BC). At that time they were princes of royal
blood but officials gradually adopted this position.

The scribe is he who knows how to read and write, who uses "divine words" (the Egyptian term for hieroglyphs), he is "the one who imposes taxes, who receives them, who draws up
inventories of everything that exists"; it is "the most important and best of professions". It is also thanks to scribes that Egyptian literature is known. Their patron is Thot.

Reproduction in hand patinated resin
Reproduction in bronze with patina

H. 17 cm (6,69"); W. 9 cm (3,54"); D. 9 cm (3,54")
Durand Collection, purchased in 1824
Material of the original
Chloritic schist
Middle Empire - Reign of Amenemhat II or Sesostris III, circa 1929-1843 B.C.
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Writing, Egypt
Bronze, Resin
Art movement
Egyptian Antiquities