AUTOGRAPH & SELF-PORTRAIT OF SCRIBE

MS 1695
MS Short Title AUTOGRAPH & SELF-PORTRAIT OF SCRIBE
Text SESH, HIEROGLYPH OF "SCRIBE", CONSISTING OF THE PALETTE WITH WELLS FOR RED AND BLACK INK, SHOULDER STRAP, WATER POT AND REED PEN
Description MS in Egyptian on limestone flake, Deir-el-Medina, Western Thebes, Egypt, 19th or 20th dynasty, 1292-1069 BC, 1 ostracon, 11x12 cm, with the hieroglyph "sesh" in an expert script, sketch in rust-red of the standing scribe wearing a knee-length kilt, his arms raised to present a papyrus scroll and possibly a writing palette, behind him an offering-table.
Binding Barking, Essex, 1993, red cloth gilt folding case, by Aquarius.
Provenance 1. Excavated at Deir-el-Medina, Western Thebes (ca. 1975); 2. Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London.
Commentary Deir-el-Medina is the village which was occupied by the community of workmen employed on constructing and decorating the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Many such pieces, mostly dating from the 19th and 20th Dynasties (1292-1069 BC), have been recovered from this site, mainly being detailed drafts for specific details of a tomb's decoration. This piece is unusual, showing not only the scribe's autograph, but also his self-portrait.
Exhibited Conference of European National Librarians, Oslo. Sept. 1994.
See also MS 4575, Medical text, Uruk, ca. 300 BC
Place of origin Egypt
Dates 1307 - 1070 BC

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