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Palette inscribed for Smendes, High Priest of Amun

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 21
Reign:
reign of High Priest of Amun Menkheperre
Date:
ca. 1045–992 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes
Medium:
Wood, ink, reed
Dimensions:
L. of palette 48.6 cm (19 1/8 in); W. 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); Th. 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) L. of pens 16.5–18 cm (6 1/2 in–7 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.123a–g
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Egyptian scribes perfected their skill in the art of writing as apprentices. They would copy hieroglyphs and phrases on chips of stone and fragments of pottery (ostraca), or on whitewashed writing boards (see 28.9.5).
A scribe would have owned a writing palette like this one, which provides space for two colors of ink and a slot for reed brushes (Egyptian scribes used brushes, not pens).
Purchased from Frank J. Tano, New York, 1947.

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