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Wooden Writing Tablets

Date:
500–700
Geography:
Made in Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Wood and wax
Dimensions:
Overall (with mount): 10 1/2 x 11 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (26.7 x 30.2 x 14 cm) Overall (together): 9 5/16 x 5 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (23.7 x 14.9 x 5.7 cm) Overall (each leaf): 9 5/16 x 5 7/8 x 7/16 in. (23.7 x 14.9 x 1.1 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Miscellany
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.2.4a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
The recessed areas of these tablets were filled with wax and employed for writing and record keeping. A stylus, or pointed wooden pen, would have been used to write in the wax. Joined pairs of tablets such as these were made in many materials, including ivory.
[ Maurice Nahman, Cairo (sold 1914)]
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