Scribe's Palette with One Reed in Place
The most important piece of equipment for an ancient Egyptian scribe was the palette. Made of wood or, less frequently, of ivory, palettes had slots to hold reed pens and two inkwells, one with black ink, the other With red. The scribe who used this palette was not always neat; note the red and black stains around the inkwells.
- Medium: Ivory
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom or later
- Dimensions: 1 1/2 x 1/4 x 13 3/4 in. (3.8 x 0.6 x 34.9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.448E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Scribe's Palette with One Reed in Place, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Ivory, 1 1/2 x 1/4 x 13 3/4 in. (3.8 x 0.6 x 34.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.448E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Ivory scribe's palette with one reed pen in pen-holder.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)