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Fragmentary statue of a scribe

The  lower half of a statue of a scribe sitting cross-legged with hands outstretched on his knees between which a roll of papyrus is laid out. One can distinguish the presence of an inkwell in the shape of a shell and two containers of ink on his knee. A line of inscription running along the base and 9 columns can be read on the papyrus. From the inscription on the base one can quote the translation offered by Prof. Donadoni: "All [ that appear] in [sight] of Ammon as a daily ration  is to be given to the Ka of the noble prince, well-liked by the Lord of Two Lands, the head of the horn, in charge of the hoof, in charge of the feather, in charge of the scale, the applied (?) .. ... [.. "
The inscription thus indicates the person as an administrator of livestock of all kinds, both wild and domesticated animals: unfortunately, missing the final part which will have contained the name of the person. Even the readable text on the papyrus scroll is the suggested translation of Prof. Donadoni:
"Strengthening the offerings in the house of Ammon to count the silver, gold, lapis lazuli, malachite, and every precious stone [...] of rubber, to consecrate [the offerings (?)] Of His Majesty in the temple [of] Ammon in Ipt-swt [by (?) a noble prince], the one friend who has access to [his master ... the above] responsibible for the heifers (?), the chamberlain [Sw ...] rr [... "
Based on this translation that identifies a real person of the royal administration and the administrator in the temple of Ammon and the recognition of the type of the statue that appears to be attributable to the reign of Amenhotep III, Prof. Donadoni already suggested the attribution of the statue to Imen-em-hat, called Swrer, the person whose tomb n.48 of Thebes was excavated in 1914 by Davies and published by Save in 1957. Of this same  figure two statues are kept in Cairo, two in the British Museum in London and three fragments in the Louvre in Paris. A stele in Aix en Provence is also recorded.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: Inv. A 226
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

Perhaps Thebes

  Definizione: statue
  Class and ware: Sculpture
Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: The XVIII Dynasty- reign of Amenhotep III
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: granite
  Technique: In full relief
  Height: 45
  Width: 27
  Length: 48
  Varie: Fragmentary: besides only the lower portion from the waist down being preserved, both the hands and the papyrus scroll held between the knees are damaged, and there are furthermore several abraded points especially on the right side.

1964, Donadoni S. “Un frammento di statua egiziana a Messina” in Studi Orientalistici, vol. V “ a Francesco Gabrieli”, Roma, pp. 117 and what follows

Reference bibliography

1957 Säve Söderbergh, Four XVIIIth Dynasty tombs, Oxford 1957, p33  and what follows