Skip Navigation

The Wilbour Papyrus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Papyrus, ink
  • Place Made: Middle Egypt, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1147 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 20
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Glass: 14 x 18 1/8 in. (35.5 x 46 cm) Object: 12 3/8 x 16 3/4 in. (31.5 x 42.5 cm) Total length of 34.5596.1-.33: 406 11/16 in. (10.33 m)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.5596.21
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The Great Wilbour Papyrus, hieratic papyrus of 4500 lines distributed over 102 columns; a later text on the verso comprises 723 lines on 25 pages. Recto: Text A – records the measurement and assessment of a large number of fields in Middle Egypt. Verso: Text B – consists of a list of royal lands arranged under headings that name the officials responsible for their administration.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.