Palette inscribed for Smendes, High Priest of Amun
- Third Intermediate Period
- Dynasty 21
- reign of High Priest of Amun Menkheperre
- ca. 1045–992 B.C.
- From Egypt; Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes
- Wood, ink, reed
- Palette: L. 48.6 cm (19 1/8 in.); W. 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); Th. 1.1 cm (7/16 in.); Pens: L. 16.5–18 cm (6 1/2 in–7 1/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1947
- Accession Number:
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).