What is so special about Papyrus?

a friend got one for me... is it valuable?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Papyrus is an early form of paper made from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, a wetland sedge that grows to 5 meters (15 ft) in height and was once abundant in the Nile Delta of Egypt. Papyrus is first known to have been used in ancient Egypt

    Both Sicily and Egypt continue to have centres of limited papyrus production

    Your friend must know from where he/she bought this. But it is true that original papyrus is not very common, and commericalisation has lead to a lot of copies flooding the marketplace. If it is an original, it holds social/cultural value, if you know that I mean, but if its a copy, its value will hold to you as much as you choose to. :-)

    Papyrologists are specialists dealing with the subject of Papyri... find out more on the links given below.

    See the images on the links below as well.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Papyrus is paper made from the pith of the Cyperus papyrus plant, which is abundant in Egypt. It's known to have been produced there as early as 3000 BC. If you happen to have a piece of very old papyrus, say from 1100 AD or earlier, then it is very valuable. 1100 AD is the last point at which papyrus was actually used for authentic purposes. It is still manufactured today, however, mostly to sell to tourists. If this is what you have - which is almost certainly the case - then it is of little or no value. Just appreciate your friend's thoughtfulness and enjoy your keepsake.

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  • 1 decade ago

    papyrus is what used to be used to write on before paper

    if yours is authentic, it may have some historical value

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's a pretty plant, fairly easy to keep, and historical.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    IT was used Before there was "Charmin or Scott = TOILET PAPER!"

    Thanks, RR

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