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Egyptian Gallery: WritingAlthough only a small portion of the population was literate, a great proportion of objects from Egypt are covered with writing. This section of the museum illustrates the various forms and scripts which were used in ancient Egypt, and the types of materials upon which scribes wrote. Among the exhibits are several sections of hieroglyphic Book of the Dead papyri and a marriage contract written in the later demotic script. A replica of the Narmer Palette gives an idea of the appearance of the earliest proto-hieroglyphs. The opposite alcove displays pottery. A model of a house from Tell el-Amarna stands at the front of the alcove.
Revised: February 19, 2007