Papyrus & Palm Leaf

Papyrus was the primarily writing material in Egypt from at least c. 2900 BC until c. 1000 AD. Surviving remarkably well in the desert sands, documents and manuscripts written thousands of years ago continue to be uncovered revealing much about the beliefs and everyday lives of ancient civilisations and the Chester Beatty Collection includes texts written in Hieroglyphics, Hieratic, Demotic, Greek, Coptic, Latin and Arabic.

Palm leaf folded book
CBL InE 1504

Highlights

  • List
  • Grid
  • Slideshow
  • Book of Joshua
    300-350 AD
    Dishna (Egypt)
    CBL Cpt 2019.8

    1 / 7

  • Greek Grammar and Graeco-Latin Lexicon
    300-400 AD
    Dishna (Egypt)
    CBL BP XXI ff.10&13

    2 / 7

  • Numbers
    c. 150 AD
    Egypt
    CBL BP VI f.10

    3 / 7

  • Papyrus and leather bookbinding
    c. 300-350 AD
    Dishna (Egypt)
    CBL Cpt 2020

    4 / 7

  • Papyrus fragments
    6th-8th century
    Aphrodito (Egypt)
    CBL Cpt 2177.93-96

    5 / 7

  • Judgement of the soul from the Book of the Dead for Lady Neskons
    c. 300 BC
    Egypt
    CBL Pap XXI.4

    6 / 7

  • Lease of a linen-weaving workshop
    355 AD
    Panopolis (Egypt)
    CBL PapPan V

    7 / 7

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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92