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Seated Vizier

Artist Culture
Dynasty 12, 1991–1783 BC
Middle Kingdom, 2055–1650 BC
1991–1783 BC
Anorthosite gneiss
Egypt, Africa
Sculpture, stone & mineral
Current Location
On View, Gallery 313
18 1/8 x 6 5/16 x 12 3/16 in. (46 x 16 x 31 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by David and Paula Kipnis, Friends Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Christian B. Peper, an anonymous donor, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Crancer Jr.; and Museum Purchase and gift of J. Lionberger Davis, an anonymous donor, and Clark and Marian Shay, by exchange
Public Domain
Object Number
A vizier held the most powerful position in Egypt under the Pharaoh. Similar to a secretary of state, the vizier was in charge of all civil affairs. This figure’s rank of vizier is confirmed by the cord around his neck from which his official badge or seal would have been suspended. The seal would have been tucked into his kilt for safekeeping. Carved from anorthosite gneiss (also known as Chephren diorite, the material associated with the Old Kingdom pharoah Chephren), the stone for this statue was limited to representing pharaonic or royal figures and could be used only by the royal workshop. It is unknown why this figure is unfinished.
by 1930 - 2003
Adolphe and Suzanne Stoclet, Brussels, Belgium; Madame Féron-Stoclet, Brussels, Belgium, by inheritance; her family, by inheritance; consigned to Galerie Koller, Zurich, Switzerland [1]

2003/03/27- 2007
Rupert Wace Ancient Art and Charles Ede Limited (James Ede), London, England, purchased from Galerie Koller auction, March 27, 2003, lot no. 1408 [2]

2007 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Rupert Wace Ancient Art and Charles Ede Limited [3]

[1] See the auction catalogue ["Möbel, pendulen, bronze, spiegel, tapisserien und diverses." Galerie Koller, Zurich, Switzerland, March 27, 2003, lot no. 1408].

[2] See note [1].

[3] Bill of Sale dated January 17, 2007 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, November 28, 2006.
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