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Scribal Palette

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.

  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    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)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ivory scribe's palette with one reed pen in pen-holder.
    CAPTION 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, 37.448E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
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