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Marriage Contract

Late Period
Dynasty 30
380–343 B.C.
From Egypt
Papyrus, ink
Framed: H. 41.3. cm (16 1/4 in.); W.167 cm (65 3/4 in.); D. 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Hugh J. Chisholm, 1935
Accession Number:
35.4.1a, b
Not on view
Dating to the 30th Dynasty, just before the conquest of the Persian Empire and hence of Egypt by Alexander the Great, this papyrus records a marriage contract. It is written in Demotic, which refers both to the language itself (a late form of Egyptian) and to the script.
Acquired in Egypt by Hugh J. Chisholm; thence to his son by descent. Donated to the Museum 1935.

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