Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship

HOME - World of the Scrolls - Dead Sea Region - Psalms Scroll - Artifacts
Late Second Temple Period - Scrolls - Artifacts - Library Scrolls - Artifacts
2000Years Later - Judaism & Christianity - Scrolls - Conclusion

THE QUMRAN LIBRARY:
ARTIFACT FROM THE QUMRAN SITE


This artifact from the Qumran Site was on display in the exhibit at the Library of Congress, May - August 1993. It was provided courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The exhibit caption (below) provides background on the object and its relationship with the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Qumran Community, and its Library.


Pottery Inkwell

Inkwell

Inkwell
Pottery
Late first century B.C.E.-early first century C.E.

I.2179
Height 4.6 cm (1 3/4 in.), diameter 3.9 cm (1 1/2 in.)
Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority (73)

Two inkwells were found at the Qumran excavations, this one of pottery and another of bronze. They were found in the vicinity of a large table, which suggested a scriptorium, a room designated for the copying of manuscripts. It is indeed feasible that many of the manuscripts were written or copied locally, although some of the manuscripts may have been written elsewhere.

This cylindrical pottery vessel has a flat base and a small, circular, rimmed opening at the top for dipping the pen and topping up the ink. This type of vessel was also found in excavations in Jerusalem.

HOME - World of the Scrolls - Dead Sea Region - Psalms Scroll - Artifacts
Late Second Temple Period - Scrolls - Artifacts - Library Scrolls - Artifacts
2000Years Later - Judaism & Christianity - Scrolls - Conclusion


Library of Congress Exhibitions - Online Survey - Library of Congress Home Page


Library of Congress
Contact Us ( July 27, 2010 )
Legal | External Link Disclaimer