The Metropolitan Museum of Art Hieroglyphics Rollerball Pen

Metropolitan Museum of Art
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It was a form of writing known as “the speech of the gods,” often used for religious inscription and therefore called hieroglyphs, or holy carvings. The Egyptians used this script for more than three millennia, through the end of the third century A.D. For the most part it was the province of priests, as only the well educated could read and write hieroglyphs.

This most ancient form of written communication often used pictures to “spell” words. A wavy line meant water. Other times two or more unrelated pictures combined to create a concept. An English-language equivalent would be conjoining the pictures of a bee and a leaf to convey “belief.”

Our pen, with its four-sided tapered barrel, suggests the shape of the obelisk, the stone monument on which the Egyptians carved many hieroglyphs. But these hieroglyphs were taken from a different stone design—a false door belonging to Metjetji, a noble during the reign of King Unis (ca. 2353-2323 B.C.). The glyphs are part of a traditional offering inscription and depict, among other images, a snake, a jackal, several birds, and the wavy line meaning water.

From words carved in stone to words penned on paper—these hieroglyphs serve to remind us of how ancient is the urge to write.The highlight of the pen is the smooth writing rollerball refills. Brass base metal body with gold plate accents.  

Handsomely packaged in a wooden gift box. Uses the smooth writing Waterford rollerball refills. One refill is included, in the box with the pen. Limited 1 Year Warranty.

Proceeds from the sale of this product are used to support The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  • All brass construction
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphics design on cap and barrel
  • Gold plate trim
  • Packaged in a wooden gift box
  • Uses International type rollerball refills
  • Includes 1 International type rollerball refill, in the box with the pen
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


  • 5 1/2 inches long with the cap on
  • 6 1/8 inches long with the cap posted on the end of the barrel
  • 1/2 inches across (a chunky pen)
  • Weight: 1.3 oz (a medium weight pen)

Made in Taiwan