About this object

Small piece of papyrus mounted on calico. Inscribed in Greek text in 1860 by Constantine Simonides; which he described as being an account of the voyage of Hanno, the 5th/6th century BC Carthagian navigator. The papyrus is most likely ancient but the text is a modern forgery.

Signed in ink by Simonides. Marked in pencil R. Back of fabric has in pencil '6 5/8 x 1 1/2' and in the centre at the top 'top'. Papyrus dimensions: 35 mm x 166 mm; calico fabric mount: 167 mm x 36 mm.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Constantine Simonides
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1860 AD
  • Materials
    Papyrus
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1860 before
  • Measurements
    35 mm x 166 mm
  • Note
    Papyrus is mounted under glass.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner); Constantine Simonides ( Artist/maker)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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