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  1. What is papyrus?
  2. What about history?
  3. Who used papyrus?
  4. What was the papyrus' main use?
  5. What about the paintings?

 


What is papyrus?

Papyrus was the main writing surface named after the plant from which it is made. It was invented in the early stage of Egypt's history. Examples of papyrus have survived from the 1st Dynasty (3100-2890 BCE) until the 11th century CE. Besides the Egyptian civilization, papyrus has been used in the ancient civilizations of Kush, Greece and Rome as well.
The papyrus-manufacturing process for all the different civilizations has not changed in thousands of years. Even nowadays, the papyrus-manufacturing process of the surface for the papyrus paintings still show many similarities with the manufacturing process in the early stages of Egypt's history.
The Egyptians had a script called hieroglyphics, that they wrote on papyrus. The discovery of papyrus and the analysis of hieroglyphics gave birth to the science of papyrology, which has immensely contributed to our knowledge of the ancient world.

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What about history?

Papyrus was the main writing surface named after the plant from which it is made. It was invented in the early stage of Egypt's history. Examples of papyrus have survived from the 1st Dynasty (3100-2890 BCE) until the 11th century CE. Besides the Egyptian civilization, papyrus has been used in the ancient civilizations of Kush, Greece and Rome as well.
The papyrus-manufacturing process for all the different civilizations has not changed in thousands of years. Even nowadays, the papyrus-manufacturing process of the surface for the papyrus paintings still show many similarities with the manufacturing process in the early stages of Egypt's history.
The Egyptians had a script called hieroglyphics, that they wrote on papyrus. The discovery of papyrus and the analysis of hieroglyphics gave birth to the science of papyrology, which has immensely contributed to our knowledge of the ancient world.

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Who used papyrus?

Papyrus was manufactured as early as the first Egyptian dynasty, circa 3100 BCE. The emergence of writing and the use of papyrus seem to be a necessary outcome of the imperial bureaucracy. The Egyptians invariably used papyrus until the 9th-11th centuries CE, that is, for 4000 years.

That literature was originally written on papyrus (rather than on parchment) is proved by archaeological finds and textual analysis. In Wadi Murbaat (near the Dead Sea) papyrus has been found from the 7th century BCE, and another one, dating from the 4th century BCE, has been found above Jericho.

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What was the papyrus' main use?

Papyrus was used from ancient times for items ranging from ship sails and cords to mats. The most extensive use of papyrus was as paper for legal and personal correspondence. Although worldwide use of papyrus basically halted around the 12Th century, the Egyptians have adopted the product as a canvas for a variety of works.
Ancient Egyptians used to wrap their mummies in papyrus for preservation, they wrote prayers on papyrus and they kept it under the mummy's heads as a pillow, because they believed this helped the sole reincarnate. Furthermore, the papyrus plant has been being sacred in many occasions, due to its pyramidal shape representing immortality and eternity.

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What about the paintings?

Each painting is individually hand copied from the wall paintings of ancient Egyptian burial chambers, that are more than 3000 years old!
Ancient Egyptian painters used a striking style for their art. Eyes were painted frontal; faces were painted in profile; torsos were painted frontal; legs were painted in profile. The overall effect to a modern viewer is enchanting and exotic.

Our paintings are on genuine papyrus, hand-made on the banks of the River Nile using simple tools and ancient techniques.

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