Made from painted limestone, this scribe figure shows how regular citizens were depicted in ancient Egyptian art. Generally, the lower an individual stood on the social ladder, the more naturalistic and true-to-life their portraiture is. In stark contrast to how many kings were depicted, with uniform flawlessness. A scribe in ancient Egypt were still wealthy as their profession was viewed as highly specialized and valuable, but they were still well below the status of the king. This figure shows visible signs of aging and imperfection, which is a good indication that this is what the man actually looked like.
Photo credit / The Lourve Museum Paris, France