Egypt, Ptolemaic to Roman periods, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A collection of twenty eight papyrus fragments with some writing visible on them. This appears to be in Hieratic script, first developed for priestly writing, and later used for administrative documents, legal texts, and academic writing. Comes in custom frame. Approximate size of largest fragment: 2.75" W x 5.7" H (7 cm x 14.5 cm); size of frame: 14.25" W x 11.35" H (36.2 cm x 28.8 cm)
For many centuries, papyrus was the most important writing material in the Classical and Mediterranean world, replacing clay tablets. The reeds used to make it grow mainly in Egypt, and the Greco-Roman world had to import them. They were manufactured in long rolls that could measure 7-15 inches in height and be up to 100 feet long. In these examples, you can see the crisscrossing horizontal and vertical fibers that make up the papyri.
Provenance: private Ritterbush collection
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