Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty
New Kingdom or later
1 1/2 x 1/4 x 13 3/4 in. (3.8 x 0.6 x 34.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Scribal Palette, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.448E_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.448E_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Ivory scribe's palette with one reed pen in pen-holder.
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