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Seated figure

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Seated figure

ca. 2000 B.C.

This seated figure of an unknown official is one of the more unique and less well known sculpture types in Egyptian art. Probably made by a single workshop, other examples are in museums in Boston and Cairo. It may have marked a new direction for artisans accustomed to making wooden models and stone vessels.
10 3/8 x 4 x 5 3/4 in. (26.3 x 10.2 x 14.6 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Arthur O'Brien in memory of her husband, Col. Arthur O'Brien
Provenance: (Possibly from the tomb of Queen Hatasu (Hatshepsut)); Mrs. Edgar Ames, Seattle, Washington; gift from Mrs. Ames to Seattle Art Museum, March 1944
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Museum: Mixed Metaphors, Fred Wilson, Jan. 28 - June 13, 1993.
Published ReferencesTeeter, Emily, The Egyptian Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, in KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt, Vol. 12, No. 3, Fall 2001, illus. p. 24

Kahl, Jochem. Die Statue Assiut. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2019; p. 93-100, reproduced fig. 25-32.

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