Brooklyn Wisdom Papyrus
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
late 6th century B.C.E.
Late Period, end of the Saite Period
Overall: 7 7/8 × 52 1/8 in. (20 × 132.4 cm)
a: Glass: 13 x 20 in. (33 x 50.8 cm)
a: Object: 9 7/16 x 17 5/16 in. (24 x 44 cm)
b: Glass: 13 x 20 in. (33 x 50.8 cm)
b: Object: 9 1/16 x 19 11/16 in. (23 x 50 cm)
c: Glass: 13 1/16 x 18 11/16 in. (33.2 x 47.5 cm)
c: Object: 9 1/4 x 14 in. (23.5 x 35.5 cm)
d: Glass: 13 x 14 15/16 in. (33 x 38 cm)
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Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Brooklyn Wisdom Papyrus, late 6th century B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, Overall: 7 7/8 × 52 1/8 in. (20 × 132.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 47.218.135a-e (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.47.218.135a_recto_IMLS_PS5.jpg)
component, recto, CUR.47.218.135a_recto_IMLS_PS5.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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47.218.135: Hieratic Wisdom Text. Five columns of text. Inscribed on recto in small, clear black Hieratic. Six columns of text. The number of lines per columns varies between 16 and 21. The content of the papyrus indicates that it belongs to the genre of “wisdom literature.” Its central theme is the relationship between the servant and the superior. There are an additional 77 (approximately) unplaced fragments.
47.218.135e: A group of 10 fragments with Late Period Hieratic writing. One fragment belongs to 47.218.87a (the Eye Papyrus); the others are likely from different texts, though their small size makes it impossible to determine how many texts they come from.
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