The statue depicts Metri, an overseer of the scribes during the 5th Dynasty, sitting in the traditional pose of scribes with his legs crossed. He spreads a roll of papyrus on his lap and holds it with his left hand. In his right hand he holds a pen.
The body of the statue is painted in a reddish brown. Metri has short, natural hair. He is wearing a collar with several colored rows. The whites of his eyes are inlaid with opaque quartz and the pupils with rock crystal. His name and titles are written on a wooden pedestal on which the statue rests.
He held many titles, among which were Nome Administrator, Priest of the Goddess Maat, the Greatest of the Tens of Upper Egypt, and the Close Counselor. There was another small standing figure beside him but it is now almost completely broken.
Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2181 BC. From Saqqara necropolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 93165