- Middle Kingdom
- Dynasty 12
- ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
- From Egypt; Said to be from Upper Egypt, Thebes or Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis)
- Wood, gesso, paint
- L. 43 cm (16 15/16 in); w. 19 cm (7 1/2 in)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928
- Accession Number:
Gessoed boards were used for writing notes or school exercises. Like the slate writing tablets of yesteryear, they could be used repeatedly, with old texts being whitewashed to provide a “clean slate” for another. This board still bears traces of earlier writing (at left). The main text is a wordy model letter that the student copied—and surely also was expected to memorize. His many spelling mistakes have been corrected in red ink by the teacher.