Upper part of a scribal statue

First Intermediate Period–Late Middle Kingdom
2061–1649 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 7.3 x 6 x 3.5 cm (2 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black granite

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2020


The Ancient World



This fragment once formed the upper part of a statuete of a seated man in the pose of a scribe.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way