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Figurine of a scribe

Description

Figurine of a seated scribe who is unrolling a papyrus. It is one of the very few representations of scribes from Cyprus and the only one in clay. The information we have about Cypriot scribes is extremely limited. We do know, however, that until the 7th c. BC writing was used almost exclusively for administrative and religious purposes in Cyprus. In Egypt and Mesopotamia, scribes formed a privileged professional group, who received special training and enjoyed elevated social status. This figurine suggests that a similar group of specialized scribes may have existed in 6th c. BC Cyprus, too. The hat of the figure is very unusual and may have been a professional headdress for scribes. The papyrus in his hands had probably come from Egypt.


Collection Number

Ζ0379


Period

Archaic period (Αρχαϊκή περίοδος)


Material

clay (πηλός)


Culture

Cypriot (Κυπριακός)


Dimensions

Υ: 10 εκ. / Πλ.: 5,5 εκ.


Exhbition Gallery

3rd floor / Cypriot Art

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