Birch, Samuel   [Hrsg.]
Catalogue of the collection of Egyptian antiquities at Alnwick Castle — London, 1880

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Foil writing the Egyptians employed the pallet or inkstand, a rectangular slip
of alabaster, ivory, or wood, generally the last-mentioned material, about 1 ft.
4 in. long, 2 in. wide, and i in. thick; at the upper part of which were two or
more depressions, either circular or oval, for holding the black and red ink
used by the scribe. At the lower end of the pallet is a hole or groove, in
which were placed the writing reeds, split or frayed at one end, but not pointed,
and used as brushes, qas, the Coptic hash. There was sometimes a sliding cover
over the slit which held the reeds. Painters used porcelain pallets with little
jars, or else wooden pallets with small oval wells for the various colours. As
many as eleven colours were in use; the principal employed were red, yellow,
light and dark blue, and green. The pallets were often inscribed with memo-
randa in the hieratic character, or dedications and the name of the possessor
engraved in hieroglyphs.

1451. Pallet, pes, of rectangular shape, having on the upper part two wells,
one with the red colour still remaining, the other for the black pigment rudely
scooped out. At each side is painted a vertical line of hieroglyphs in solid
black characters between two red lines, consisting of dedications, or speeches
of the god Tahuti or Thoth, the inventor of speech and writing and patron
of scribes, addressed to Ptahmeri or Merienptah, a royal scribe of the treasure,
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