Egyptian Papyrus bookmark

    SKU: cmcn412110

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    An Egyptian papyrus bookmark - each is one of a kind design.

    Papyrus was very important to the ancient Egyptians as it helped transform Egyptian society in many ways. Once the technology of papyrus making was developed, its method of production was kept secret allowing the Egyptians to have a monopoly on it. The first use of papyrus paper is believed to have been 4000 BC.

    The bookmark is ideal as an accompanying gift for a book.

    Read more about Egyptian papyrus

    The raw material of papyrus paper comes from the plant Cyperus papyrus. This plant grew along the banks of the Nile and provided the Egyptians with the necessary raw materials.

    Papyrus was quite versatile and was not only used in the production of paper but it was also used in the manufacture of boats, rope and baskets.

    However, the singularly most important and valuable product was the papyrus paper. Not only was this ancient Egypt’s greatest export but it revolutionized the way people kept valuable information.

    No substitution for papyrus paper could be found that was as durable and lightweight until the development of pulped paper by the Arabs. The way of making pulp paper was far easier to produce but not as durable.

    This not only led to a decline in papyrus paper making, but also to a decline in the papyrus plant cultivation. Eventually, the papyrus plant disappeared from the area of the Nile, where it was once the lifeblood for ancient Egypt.


    Product code: cmcn412110
    Exhibition: Ancient lives
    World culture: Ancient Egypt
    Details: made from natural papyrus, assorted designs (each is unique)
    Size: 13cm (long) x 3.5cm (wide)
    Weight: 0.001kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

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