Period: First Intermediate Period
Dynasty: Dynasty 11 or earlier
Date: ca. 2030 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt
Medium: Wood, whitewash, ink
Dimensions: 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: 28.9.5
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.