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EF1501

An Egyptian faience votive scribe ink well, New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII-XX, 1550-1070 B.C.

of pale blue-glazed faience, the oval vessel with two wells designed to hold red and black ink. Black ink was made from soot mixed with gum, and red ink was created by adding red oxide dust to the same mixture.

Scribes generally wrote in red or black ink, with red ink reserved for important or magical terms and by tutors when correcting student work (a practice that exists to this day!) Red ink was also used to indicate titles, headings and to mark the beginning of a new section of text.

Condition:  Three corners professionally repaired, otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.  A rare example.

Dimensions: Length:  6.4 cm (2 ½ inches)  Height: 3.2 cm (1 ¼ inches)

Provenance:  Private Italian collection with old European reference number: 076 on base and 2014 export license from Italy.

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