What is so special about Papyrus?
a friend got one for me... is it valuable?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
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.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papyrus http://www.earlham.edu/~seidti/iam/papyrus.html http://www.users.drew.edu/~jmuccigr/papyrology/
- CaritasLv 61 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.
- SETFREEBYJESUSLv 41 decade ago
papyrus is what used to be used to write on before paper
if yours is authentic, it may have some historical value
- silverbirchLv 71 decade ago
It's a pretty plant, fairly easy to keep, and historical.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
IT was used Before there was "Charmin or Scott = TOILET PAPER!"