Terracotta flask in the form of a scribe


British Museum

British Museum

This terracotta figure of a scribe depicts him as a very fat man with huge legs, sitting on the ground with one knee drawn up and a papyrus roll spread across his lap.The figure is a bottle, one of a group of finely made red-ware vessels, sparingly decorated with black paint, that date to the Eighteenth Dynasty. The vessel is not an ink container, as Egyptian inks were kept in dry form. Like his identity, his function, once obvious perhaps, is now a mystery.

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  • Title: Terracotta flask in the form of a scribe
  • Date Created: -1550/-1295
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 15.30cm; Width: 9.30cm; Depth: 10.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: painted
  • Registration number: 1893,0514.34
  • Place: Found/Acquired Egypt
  • Period/culture: New Kingdom
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from R J Moss & Co