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Fragments from a Scribe's Writing Board

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 11
ca. 2130–1981 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 515, MMA excavations, 1921–22
Sycomore wood, gesso
A: L. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); W. 6 cm (2 3/8 in.); Th. 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) B: L. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.); W. 4 cm (1 9/16 in.); Th. 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.3.277a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in tombs at Deir el Bahri, 1921–22. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds.

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