Czére Andrea szerk.: A Szépművészeti Múzeum közleményei 102-103. (Budapest, 2005)

ZOLTÁN HORVÁTH: A unique servant statue in the Egyptian Collection

1-2 THE STATUE OF A SQUATTING SCRIBE. BUDAPEST. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. INV. NO. 51.2200 vertical incision between the thumb and forefinger suggests that the figure may have held something in his hand. The bent left arm is aligned with the axis of the body, with the palm turned upwards. There is a deep, V-shaped, horizontal excision at the level of the belly. The statuette looks rather worn; most of the painting has been lost. Infilling with plaster can be traced on various parts of the body, and the broken left hand has been restored in the museum.' The small wooden writing board, affixed with a wooden peg to the base at the time of acquisition, has been removed and enrolled into the register book as a separate item (fig. 3)/ 1 The manufacture of the seated figure reflects many of the compositional rules spe­cific to servant statuettes: the strictly frontal form, so typical of the major statuary of the era, is lacking, the position of the arms conveys the impression of activity, the