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Stone scribal palette of Huy (Amenhotep)

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This object is a fragmentary inscribed model scribal palette of travertine (Egyptian alabaster). The back and edges are flat and smoothed. The front face (obverse) is decorated with finely incised hieroglyphic text in four divided columns with a religious scene at top. Thirteen scattered...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, likely reign of Amenhot, 1390–1352 B.C.

Dimensions

Width x thickness: 7.3 x 1.1 cm (2 7/8 x 7/16 in.) Original length (projected minimum): 43 cm (16 15/16 in.) Original length (projected maximum): 51 cm (20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.663a-i

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Writing