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Hieratic Papyrus fragment

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 20
Reign:
reign of Ramesses III
Date:
ca. 1183 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
Medium:
Papyrus, ink
Dimensions:
L. 35 × H. 39 cm (13 3/4 × 15 3/8 in.); Frame: L. 40.8 × H. 48.5 cm (16 1/16 × 19 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
O.C.3569
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
Papyrus was a costly writing material in ancient Egypt. For this reason papyrus documents whose contents were no longer required were retained for further use as scratch paper. This papyrus contains a major and minor text on both the recto and verso. The major texts are a letter between two fan-bearers of the king and a fragmentary record of the cultivation of pharaonic lands in year 16 of Ramesses III; the smaller texts mention the arrival of a shipment of commodities and the quarrying of stone for a tomb. This papyrus joins P. Vienna 38 and belongs to the same archive as a cache of documents discovered at Memphis that record the construction of tombs for several high officials.
In the Museum before the establishment of the Egyptian Art Department in 1906.

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