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Writing Materials of Tutankhamun
Writing Materials of Tutankhamun

The king possessed many boards, palettes, and reeds for writing. Some were actually used and others were ceremonial.

Writing Equipment

Collection of Printing Letters
Collection of Printing Letters

A collection of printing letters were brought by the French expedition to Egypt in AD 1798. The letters were dropped from a printing press.

Writing Equipment

Collection of Writing Equipment
Collection of Writing Equipment

This is a collection of writing equipment that includes an inkwell, color stone, and a fine brush used for painting.

Writing Equipment

Collection of Writing Utensils
Collection of Writing Utensils

This collection of writing utensils, used for the preparation of paper and pens, includes a European-style pen case. It was probably left behind by someone from the French Expedition.

Writing Equipment

Cutters to Prepare Sheets of Paper
Cutters to Prepare Sheets of Paper

The ancient Egyptians were among the first people to know writing. Their success in making paper from papyrus meant that numerous items were needed to prepare the sheets of paper including these cutters.

Writing Equipment

Cylindrical Seal
Cylindrical Seal

When impressed on clay, cylindrical seals acted as marks of ownership. They were incised with figures of scorpions, men, crocodiles, or bees.

Writing Equipment

Decorated Inkwell
Decorated Inkwell

An inkwell, made of brass and decorated with silver, consists of two parts. The first part is a rectangle for holding pens. The second part is the inkstand, in the shape of an octagon. It is decorated with plant and calligraphy ornaments.

Writing Equipment

Gilded Pen Holder
Gilded Pen Holder

A unique container for extra writing reeds in the form of a palm column was included in a group of writing equipment found in the Treasury Room.

Writing Equipment

Marmalah For Drying Ink
Marmalah For Drying Ink

The marmalah, made of pottery in the shape of a cylinder, is decorated with flowers.

Writing Equipment

Model of Writing Palette of Tutankhamun
Model of Writing Palette of Tutankhamun

This unique model of a palette, or board, is made of schist and is decorated with pieces of colored glass in simple geometric designs.

Writing Equipment

Papyrus Burnisher of Tutankhamun
Papyrus Burnisher of Tutankhamun

This delicate polisher is made of colored ivory, topped with a gold sheet cushioned by strips of linen. The handle is topped with a open lotus flower colored in blue and yellow.

Writing Equipment

Pen Case of Abu Al-Feda Ismael
Pen Case of Abu Al-Feda Ismael

This brass pen case of gold, silver, and copper inlay has an inscription bearing the name of Abu Al-Feda Ismael.

Writing Equipment

Pen Case with the Name of Abul Mahdi
Pen Case with the Name of Abul Mahdi

A pen case that was used to hold writing materials; the inside is divided by partitions to hold the ink, the sand, and the pens. The pen case consists of two parts, the inkpot and its cover. The pot is decorated with patterns of inlaid flowers.

Writing Equipment

Rock Crystal Inkwell
Rock Crystal Inkwell

The circular rock crystal inkwell decorated with a Kufic inscription dates to the period of the Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim.

Writing Equipment

Scribe's Palette
Scribe's Palette

A typical scribe's palette that consists of a flat piece of wood with a slot to hold the reed pens, and two depressions to hold the inks, which were traditionally red and black.

Writing Equipment

Scribe's Palette with Four Reeds
Scribe's Palette with Four Reeds

The palette from Tutankhamun's collection has four reed pens in their long slot and two hollows for the ink. A hieroglyphic inscription of the king's titles decorates the top of the palette.

Writing Equipment

Three Pen Cases
Three Pen Cases

These three wooden pen cases have long cavities that were closed with thin wooden lids. One of the depressions was used to hold black ink, while the other held the red ink.

Writing Equipment

Wooden Scribe's Palette
Wooden Scribe's Palette

The palette is made from a simple piece of wood. One of the two round hollows in the wood still contains nuggets of red ink. Six reed pens are packed into a narrow slot of the palette.

Writing Equipment

Writer's Palette
Writer's Palette

This ivory palette bears both the birth name and the throne name of Tutankhamun.

Writing Equipment

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