Monday, November 19, 2012

Wonderful Egyptian Ephemera

I think it's possible that, despite their torn and damaged edges and the stains and creases, these might be the coolest pieces of paper ephemera I have every owned. They appear to be a kind of Grand Tour version of brass rubbing, except instead of crayon and paper on the floor of an English cathedral, these would appear to have been held up to some ancient Egyptian monument and pressed into the hieroglyphics and images on the surface until the paper was permanently embossed with a record of them. The paper is clearly at least nineteenth century in age and just a wonderful ephemeral survival.

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