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Paper is a thin sheet material produced by mechanically and/or chemically processing cellulose fibres derived from wood, rags, grasses or other vegetable sources in water, draining the water through fine mesh leaving the fibre evenly distributed on the surface, followed by pressing and drying. Although paper was originally made in single sheets by hand, almost all is now made on large machines—some making reels 10 metres wide, running at 2,000 metres per minute and up to 600,000 tonnes a year. It is a versatile material with many uses, including printing, packaging, decorating, writing, cleaning, filter paper, wallpaper, book endpaper, conservation paper, laminated worktops, toilet tissue, currency and security paper and a number of industrial and construction processes.

The papermaking process developed in east Asia, probably China, at least as early as 105 CE, by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BCE in China. The modern pulp and paper industry is global, with China leading its production and the United States following.

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Two Dollars 1928

Two Dollars 1928

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Seated Figures in a Niche, Tomb of Tjay

Seated Figures in a Niche, Tomb of Tjay

Charles K. Wilkinson From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom

Offering Procession, Tomb of Userhat

Offering Procession, Tomb of Userhat

Norman Hardy From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom, Ramesside

Water Fowl, Tomb of Puyemre

Water Fowl, Tomb of Puyemre

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Fragment of an Obelisk, Tomb of Puyemre

Fragment of an Obelisk, Tomb of Puyemre

Hugh R. Hopgood Original from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Tomb of Puyemre, West wall, north of central doorway Original: New Kingdom

Man Bringing New Year's Gifts, Tomb of Qenamun

Man Bringing New Year's Gifts, Tomb of Qenamun

Hugh R. Hopgood Original from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, TT 93 New Kingdom

Wounded Animal in a Hunting Scene, Tomb of Userhat

Wounded Animal in a Hunting Scene, Tomb of Userhat

Charles K. Wilkinson From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Floral Decoration, Mastaba of Perneb

Floral Decoration, Mastaba of Perneb

Unknown Copyist [member of the MMA Egyptian Expedition] From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara Old Kingdom

Face of Puyemre, Tomb of Puyemre

Face of Puyemre, Tomb of Puyemre

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Men Preparing Fish, Tomb Puyemre

Men Preparing Fish, Tomb Puyemre

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Desert Hunting Scene, Tomb of Qenamun

Desert Hunting Scene, Tomb of Qenamun

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Ceiling, Tomb of Nakht

Ceiling, Tomb of Nakht

Unknown Copyist From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Washing Linen, Tomb of Djari

Washing Linen, Tomb of Djari

Unknown Copyist [member of the MMA Egyptian Expedition] From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif First Intermediate Period–Middle Kingdom

Winemaking, Tomb of Ipuy

Winemaking, Tomb of Ipuy

Charles K. Wilkinson Original from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Ipuy (TT 217) New Kingdom, Ramesside

Hippopotamus in a Marsh Scene, Tomb of Amenehhat

Hippopotamus in a Marsh Scene, Tomb of Amenehhat

Charles K. Wilkinson From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Offering Bearer, Pyramid Temple of Senwosret I

Offering Bearer, Pyramid Temple of Senwosret I

Unknown Copyist [member of the MMA Egyptian Expedition] From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South Middle Kingdom

Offering Scene, Tomb of Djari

Offering Scene, Tomb of Djari

Unknown Copyist [member of the MMA Egyptian Expedition] From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif First Intermediate Period–Middle Kingdom

Decoration of a Vaulted Ceiling, Tomb of Puyemre

Decoration of a Vaulted Ceiling, Tomb of Puyemre

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Cat Seated under a Chair, Tomb of May

Cat Seated under a Chair, Tomb of May

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Fragment of a Threshing Scene, Winlock's Tomb 5 of the Asasif

Fragment of a Threshing Scene, Winlock's Tomb 5 of the Asasif

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Winlock Tomb 5, north corner of antechamber New Kingdom

Lintel, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I

Lintel, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I

Unknown Copyist [member of the MMA Egyptian Expedition] From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North Middle Kingdom

Ceiling Fragment, Tomb of Amenemhat Surer

Ceiling Fragment, Tomb of Amenemhat Surer

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Ceiling Fragment, Tomb of Amenemhat Surer

Ceiling Fragment, Tomb of Amenemhat Surer

Hugh R. Hopgood From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

The Goddess Nekhbet, Temple of Hatshepsut

The Goddess Nekhbet, Temple of Hatshepsut

Charles K. Wilkinson From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri New Kingdom

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