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Scribe's Palette and Writing Utensils: Hank of Thread

Late Period
Dynasty 26–30
664–332 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb MMA 804 (M04), Forecourt rubbish, MMA excavations, 1913–14
Plant fiber
L. (wound up): 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Discovered in the debris from the forecourt of a tomb at Thebes, this group of objects would have belonged to a scribe. Included here are a wooden palette (containing an unused cake of black ink) (a) and three reed brushes (b–d); a skein of thread (e); several sheets of papyrus (h1–3, i); a string to bind the papyrus (f); another stringto tie the papyrus to the palette (g); and linen cloth that had been wrapped around the entire set (j).
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1913-14. Acquired by the Museum from the Egyptian government in the division of finds.

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