Detail of the Nebmerutef statuette protected by the god Thoth
Detail of the Nebmerutef statuette protected by the god Thoth.
Scribes enjoyed a leading place in the administration of ancient Egypt. The position was offered to those who had finished school and had completed their training in the administration. The young scribe student went through an exam after which he was granted a reed and a palette. He was then qualified to join the administration.
Scribes came from any social class. A scribe's career required a wide range of skills and personnal, abilities helped him climb the echelons of public office : thanks to his reed a scribe could climb right up "to the Pharao's feet". was very extensive and his personal abilities allowed him to move up the ladder: thanks to his calamus, any scribe could reach "to Pharaoh's feet".
When at work, the scribe sits cross-legged, in one hand he holds a reed and in the other is a palette, a flat piece of wood pierced to hold two pots of red and black ink; a roll of papyrus is spread over his knees.
Many pictures from the amarnian period depict the god Thot, patron of science and arts, and god of intelligence, placed in front of the scribe to protect and give him inspiration.
Egypt - a detail from a group
circa 1370 B.C.
H. 13 - W. 7 - T. 6 cm
- Dimensions :
- 13 x 7 x 6 cm
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- Original work kept at :
- Paris, Musée du Louvre