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Wooden scribal palette of Meryra: this example is unusual, but by no means unique, in having more than two ink pans. One would expect that the fourteen hollows here held different colours. This palette, however, has traces only of black and red around the four lowest wells on the right side and in the pen slot, where the predominance of black at the top and red at the bottom suggests that two ends of a single pen were used for the two colours and that pens were replaced in the slot with the more frequently used black tip toward the top. Thutmose IV's name appears in a cartouche at the top of palette. Along the sides, with his name and title, are funerary prayers addressed to the dynastic god Amun and toThoth, the god of writing and patron of scribes. These were inscribed, as the bottom line tells us, by Meryra's own scribe.
The palette is apparently from Saqqara.
Length: 33.10 centimetres
Weight: 115 grammes
Width: 0.60 centimetres
Depth: 6.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
S. R. K. Glanville, 'Scribes' Palletes in the British Museum' in 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' 18 (London, 1932), pp. 56-57, pls. 7, 3;
R. Parkinson & S. Quirke, 'Papyrus' (Austin, 1995), fig. 17, p. 31;
'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006), 71, cat no. 30.
On provenance see M.L. Bierbrier, 'Pamerihu Finds a Home', GM 179 (2000), 7-8.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs
2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs
2010 4th Nov-2011 6th March, Round Reading Room BM, Book of the Dead
2012 July -September, Tokyo, Mori museum, The Book of the Dead: Journey Through the Afterlife
2012, October - November, Fukuoka Museum of Art, The Book of the Dead
2013, May - September, Perth, Western Australian Museum, The Book of the Dead
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From the sale of the Andrews Collection
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.5512 (Birch Slip Number)