2014/05/01

Ancient Egyptian Pen Holder


Ancient Egyptian 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.

Made of gilded wood and elaborately decorated with chased designs and inlays of carnelian, obsidian and colored glass.

Ancient Egyptian Gilded Pen Holder


 It has an elegant palm-form capital and an ivory cap, stained red and held in place by a catch acting as pivot.

Egyptian scribes wrote with brushes, pens not. The brushes were made of short stems slender rushes, councils that have been cut at an angle, like a chisel, then chewed by the scribe to separate the individual fibers.

In times of Tutankhamun brushes were generally kept in a slot in a palette made of a strip of wood or ivory with two holes at one end for solidified red and black ink. Before the invention of these composite pallets, the scribes have kept their brushes in the tubular case, generally hollow reeds


In this brush holders, wood overlaid with gold leaf and inlaid with semiprecious stones and glass, the single reed has developed into a model of a column of palm.