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The Scribe sat cross-legged

The scribe in Egypt was a central character. The one that controls the writing, the one that allows knowledge and legends to be spread throughout the kingdom. He was a public official, but not like the others.

In any case, this scribe statue represents a very important character of his time: he is not in any way a public official like the others. Being represented as a scribe was a mark of belonging to the social elite of the Old Kingdom. The sons of the pharaohs were often represented in this way.

Because of the very high quality of detail seen in this sculpture, it is thought that the person represented here is probably not a scribe but a child of a pharaoh of the IV or V Dynasty.