Writing board of an apprentice scribe
- First Intermediate Period
- Dynasty 11 or earlier
- ca. 2030 B.C.
- From Egypt
- Wood, whitewash, ink
- H. 22 cm (8 11/16 in); w. 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928
- Accession Number:
It is clear from the awkwardly formed hieroglyphs and their uneven spacing that this is the work of an apprentice scribe who was practicing his penmanship. The writing board could be used again and again by scraping or wiping off the ink and adding a new coat of whitewash. Another writing board in the collection shows corrections made in red ink.