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Papyrus Fragments Inscribed in Aramaic

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Papyrus, ink
  • Place Found: Elephantine, Egypt
  • DATES 402–401 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS Largest Fragment: 2 9/16 × 1 13/16 in. (6.5 × 4.6 cm) 47.218.13a-1: 4 1/16 × 1 9/16 in. (10.3 × 4 cm) 47.218.13a-2: 2 1/2 × 1 3/4 in. (6.3 × 4.5 cm) 47.218.13b: 3 1/16 × 2 3/4 in. (7.7 × 7 cm) 1 3/4 x 2 3/8 in. (4.5 x 6 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 47.218.13a-b
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Seventeen papyrus fragments inscribed in Aramaic, all excepting one inscribed recto and verso. With the exception of the fragment inscribed on one side only, all these fragments apparently from one document. Unusually bold hand. Fragments do not connect. Papyrus is opisthographic. References to "corn" and to the local Egyptian god 'Khnum'. Condition: Very fragmentary. Probably impossible to obtain sense of text. Papyrus seems to be carbonized and has a texture different from others in the collection. This group of related fragments assembled from 47.218.11, 47.218.13, 47.218.15.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Papyrus Fragments Inscribed in Aramaic, 402–401 B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, Largest Fragment: 2 9/16 × 1 13/16 in. (6.5 × 4.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 47.218.13a-b (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.47.218.13b_recto_IMLS_PS5.jpg)
    IMAGE recto, CUR.47.218.13b_recto_IMLS_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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