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  • Writing board of an apprentice scribe, Dynasty 11 or earlier (ca. 2030 b.c.)
    Egyptian; Provenance unknown
    Whitewashed wood and ink; H. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm)
    Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.5)

    It is clear from the awkwardly formed hieroglyphs and their uneven spacing that this is the work of an inexperienced scribe who was practicing his penmanship. The board could be used again and again by wiping off the ink and adding a new coat of whitewash.

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  • Writing board of an apprentice scribe, Dynasty 11 or earlier (ca. 2030 B.C.)
    Egyptian; Provenance unknown
    Whitewashed wood and ink; H. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm)
    Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.5)

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