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Pap. Berlin P. 23572

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23572
Publication Number
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status partly published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution partage
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1906 and 1908
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Borchardt, Ludwig
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, dark
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 68 mm | 82 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper and lower parts are broken off in undetermined extent. Left and right edges damaged.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On recto traces of an anterior text, on the verso not erased - new text written on the recto only.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Upper and lower part broken off in undetermined, right and left parts damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting Recto (new text): "Sorgfältige mitteldemotische Buchschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2) Verso (old text): "Relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Recto (new text): Medium line pitch. Line length varying, with broad but inequal left margin. Rotated by 90° with respect to the old text. Verso (old text): Wide line pitch. The right-aligned text shows a broad right margin.
Existing Pictorial Elements
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+6+y (new text) x+6+y (old text)
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 65 65
Column Height (in mm) 60 x+65+y
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 65 x x+60+y (new text) 55 x x+65+y (old text)


Text Content

Modern Title writing exercise: professions (or clothes and fish?)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • scientific | writing exercise
Summary of Content 1) Old text (verso): Text mentioning the Chnoum priests of Elephantine. Due to the very fragmentary status further details cannot be detected. 2) New text (recto): Writing exercise with a list of professions like fisherman or weaver. According to Zauzich in VOHD XIX,2 it can also be possible that here a list of clothes and fish is given.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
new text
x+3sḫt mnḫ.t 1According to K.-Th. Zauzich written like mnḫ-ḫpr?
x+4sḫt šs-nsw
x+5sḫt gnrṱ 2For this lemma see also Pap. Berlin P. 13593:5.

1 According to K.-Th. Zauzich written like mnḫ-ḫpr?
2 For this lemma see also Pap. Berlin P. 13593:5.
old text
new text
x+1[///] ⸢..?..⸣ [///]
x+3Weaver of cloth,
x+4Weaver of Byssos,
x+5Weaver of gnrṱ garment.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
8090 not applicable (no further persons mentioned) (no further persons mentỈoned) (none)



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty -332 BCE -30 BCE dating by palaeography;







DatasetID 100007
last Change 26.08.2022
Trismegistos 50135
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100007 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23572), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.