Abu l-Hasan ibn Wuhayb rose up and broke his writing-board with the full knowledge of the other boys.

This note written on an odd scrap of parchment was sent home with a schoolboy, Abu l-Hasan. A boy in his class, with the same name, conspired to break his writing board. Jewish children did not sit at desks, but used a wooden board balanced on their knees, much as traditional Jewish scribes still use.

Egypt, 11/12th century

Judaeo-Arabic, parchment

T-S Ar.53.65