Human error; proofreading; everyone makes mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes; even ancient Egyptian scribes. This is a palimpsest, where one set of hieroglyphs is written over the top of another. It seems the scribe didn’t think it necessary to clean the mistake off before correcting it.
This tiny little set of hieroglyphs, only a couple of centimetres tall, is a detail from a page of the Book of the Dead funerary text. It has been photographed using a macro lens to bring out the detail in the brush strokes and lit to highlight the texture of the papyrus. It’s from the collection at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology in Liverpool (temporary accession number 2017/34/2). The owner of the manuscript was a man called Inaros, who lived in Egypt probably during the Saite Period (c. 664–332 BC), a time of Persian rule.
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