Auntique & Uncle Tony

Sellers of Antique Bookends, Vintage Glass, & Collectibles

Kathodion Bronze Works

Circa 1914

“Scribe Book Rocks ”

Price:  $950 / pair

“Scribe Book Rocks”  – Kathodion Bronze Works Circa 1914.  Bronze Clad.  Measures 7”high x 4-3/4” wide x 4” deep.  Weighs 7 lbs. the pair.  Listed in old KBW Catalog as “SCRIBE”- #519…These cross-legged scribes make book rocks that are unusual. The appearance of stoicism and solidity suggests their ability to hold innumerable books.”  Egyptian hieroglyphs appear on the base.  Inscribed © 1914.  KBW advertised their “Scribe” book-rocks 8 years before the discovery of King Tut’s Tomb triggered the most dramatic wave of Egyptian Revival design.  The figures, seated in the traditional cross-legged position holding a papyrus scroll, appear to be modeled after Min-nakht, a royal scribe from Thebes during the 18th Dynasty. The original 7-1/2” high statuette from 1500 BC  is now in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.   The only thing missing from these 100-year old electrotype reproductions is the bottom felt.  No cracks or dings.  Outstanding condition.

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Scribe Book Rocks by Kathodion BronzeScribe Book Rocks (side view) by Kathodion BronzeScribe Book Rocks (back view) by Kathodion BronzeMin-nakht, Royal Scribe of Thebes

 

 

Min-nakht, Royal Scribe of Thebes, circa 1500 B.C.   One of the first New Kingdom sculptures of this type, Min-nakht's statue was inspired by early Middle Kingdom style, including his large, prominent ears and his wig. The inscription on the papyrus records Min-nakht's name and his title, royal scribe. On the base is an offering text.   ~ Walters Museum

 

In ancient Egypt, less than 5 percent of the population could read and write.  Literacy was the closely guarded secret art of an elite group of scribes.  Their craft, handed down from father to son, was one of the most respected trades of the “Old Kingdom” during the 3rd millennium BC.   Much of what we know today about ancient Egypt is the result of their work.

Scribe Book Rocks by Kathodion Bronze