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‘Palimpsest’: fine-art print of a scribal hieroglyph error


  • Decorative print of a beautiful double set of hieroglyphs, one written on top of another, proving that everyone – even ancient Egyptian scribes – can make mistakes
  • Available as a mounted print in three sizes
  • Unique collectible artwork printed by a specialist art printer
  • Shipped worldwide


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.


All images are made to order and are printed and mounted by a Liverpool-based independent art printer. Images are printed on a fibre-based paper using pigment inks. Both paper and ink are of archival quality, meaning they’ll last much longer than normal photographic prints.

Prints come mounted but not framed. Mounted sizes fit standard frames available from stores such as Amazon, and come in the following measurements:

  • Small prints have a mounted size of 18 cm × 24 cm
  • Medium prints have a mounted size of 30 cm × 40 cm
  • Large prints have a mounted size of 40 cm × 50 cm
  • Delivery time for prints in the UK is around 5–10 working days
  • Outside the UK is dependent on international delivery times


If you love this image but would like it in another format (t-shirt, poster etc), please drop me a line at julia@tetisheri.co.uk.


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Small, Medium, Large

Mount colour

Black, White




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