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"Tomb Robbery" Papyrus

2049 BCE
16 3/4 x 17 13/16 in. (42.5 x 45.2 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian
Egyptian

Object Type: Manuscript
Medium and Support: Ink, papyrus
Credit Line: Gift of the Rochester Theological Seminary
Accession Number: 1951.346
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At this point in Egyptian history, thieves were already tempted by the riches gathered in early tombs and temples. This sheet lists stolen valuables in hieratic writing, an abridged form of hieroglyphics used for keeping records.

[Gallery label text, 2004]

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Rochester Theological Seminary, before 1919; transferred to the Gallery in 1951

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