Written by a young servant called Iny-su, this Egyptian tablet preserved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York reminds us that from time immemorial and despite the billions of years that separate us, the writing exercises were not easy things in the learning of the students.
Here is something to reassure all those who are still doubtful about the spelling of certain words. Indeed, this unusual treasure, dating back more than 4,000 years, allows us to take a step back on the apparent decline of our civilization.
Produced between 1981 and 1802 B.C., the tablet explains the exercises to which young scribes were subjected. Riddled with mistakes, it still clearly displays the red correction line of the teacher.
According to the Egyptologist Hayes, this stone, coated with gesso, a traditional undercoat that makes its surface uniform, was made by a young man named Iny-su, son of Sekhsekh, (servant of the domain) and evokes the delivery of various parts of a ship.
But this historical memory is not the only one within the museum and another plate, dating from 2030 BC, also exhibits the poorly formed and irregularly spaced hieroglyphs of another young ancient Egyptian scribe.