Statue in black basalt of a seated official with hands resting on the upper legs. He wears a wig and a kilt with his upper body left bare. The sides of the chair are inscribed with hieroglyphs and the back of the figure is supported by a pillar. The name of this seated figure is missing but the hieroglyphic inscription reveals he was a hereditary regional governor and royal acquaintance [rpa HAtya rx nsw]. This is an exceptional example of Middle Kingdom art that is not very well represented in British collections. The broad flat face and the eyes have parallels with the art of the Middle Kingdom, especially those manufactured during the reign of Senwosret II that display realistic physiognomy. The sculpture was broken apart during the 1941 May blitz and is now in 6 pieces. In 1918 the statue was described as being weathered on the left side and that the nose and feet were lost.
Salt Collection, sold 1827, lot 711. Purchasd by Sams.
See entry in http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/gri/3pm8sta2.pdf