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Uah's Will, 1797 BC (Egypt)

  • Object type: Document
  • Formal Title: The testament of Uah, composed of two leaves of papyrus with hieratic text in red and black ink.
  • Date Created: circa 1797BC
  • Origin: Lahun, Egypt
  • Current Location: The Petrie Museum

See, also, The World's Oldest Wills.

The Petrie Museum's cryptic description:

"The testament of Uah, composed of two leaves of papyrus with hieratic text in red and black ink. Recto: text in three divisions, recording two deeds of conveyance, names of witnesses at top of second page. Verso: Endorsement on right hand edge. Found vertically folded, sealed with impression of scroll."

This double-sided papyrus is believed to date from the "late Middle Kingdom" of ancient Egypt, or circa 1800 BC. The original is roughly one foot high by two feet wide.

REFERENCES:

  • An Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt, retrieved from the Internet on July 24, 2011 from http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/index.html
  • Petrie, W. M. "Flinders", and Griffith, F.L., The Petrie Papyri: Hieratic Papyri from Kahun and Gurob, Principally of the Middle Kingdom (London: Bernard Quaritch, 1898)


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