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Ancient Egyptian Figured Ostraca (Paperback)

Ancient History > Ancient Egypt & Egyptology

By Anthea Page
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9798888570241
Published: 15th June 2023
Casemate UK Academic

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This facsimile reissue of Anthea Page’s 1983 catalogue makes this important source material available again in print for a new generation of students and scholars. The catalogue documents 82 ostraca held in The Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology collection in London.

Ostraca are flakes of limestone or broken sherds of pottery used essentially as 'notepads' for private letters; laundry lists; records of purchases; roughly inscribed images of people, birds, and animals; and copies of literary works. In Ancient Egypt they reveal the artist-craftsman at practice, leisure and play. Apprentices, for instance, copied scenes to improve techniques; artists drew pictures to amuse, perhaps with satirical images and caricatures, or made measured studies for finished works. A wide range of trivial examples survive, together with more serious devotional, votive and dedicatory pieces.

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About Anthea Page

At the time of original publication, Anthea Page was based in the Department of Egyptology at University College London and worked on cataloguing material in the Petrie Collection.
 

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