Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Scribal Palette

Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty 17–Early Dynasty 18
ca. 1635–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Tomb R 3, Burial C 2, In coffin, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Wood, ivory, paint
L. 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
The site of Birabi is located in the area of Hatshepsut's valley temple at the eastern end of the causeway leading to her temple at Deir el-Bahri. The valley temple and causeway had covered up earlier tombs that dated from the Middle Kingdom to the joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III in the early New Kingdom. The northern side of a large courtyard CC 41, located in front of the Middle Kingdom portico tomb CC 62, was partially cleared by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter (hence the designation CC). The southern half of the courtyard was in the concession of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the 1915-1916 field season, the museum excavated three pits and seven burials (C 1-7) in the courtyard and twelve rock-cut tombs along the courtyard's southern wall (R 1-12). This object was among the pieces given to the Museum by the Egyptian Antiquities Service when the finds were divided at the end of the season.
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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