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Ostr. Berlin P. 12941

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12941
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1963)
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned

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) Zucker, Friedrich (excavation director)
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 1907 and 1908
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, medium brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 68 mm | 71 mm | 11 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete.
Mounting (non [ostracon])

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Complete.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text was placed centered onto the surface of the potsherd, with small and equal margins. Only the bottom margin slightly larger.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 60 0
Column Height (in mm) 49 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 60 x 49 0


Text Content

Modern Title Receipt for poll tax ( laographia)
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Petespmetis, son of Haryotes, is confirmed of having paid the poll tax for the 40th and the 41st regnal year, in an amount of 2 stater each.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Hand copy of one line in the inventory book.
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ḥsb.t 41 ı͗bd 3 šmw sw 28 r.wṱ
2Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ns-(pꜣ-)mtr sꜣ Ḥr-wḏꜣ sttr 2.t
3ẖr pꜣ ḥḏ (n) ꜥpe n ḥsb.t 40
4r.wṱ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ns-mt(r) sꜣ Ḥr-wḏꜣ
5sttr 2.t n ı͗bd 3 šmw sw 29
6ẖr pꜣ ḥḏ (n) ꜥpe n ḥsb.t 41
141st regnal year, 28th of Epeiph. That which was paid
2by Petespmetis, son of Haryotes: 2 stater
3for the poll tax for the ⸢40th⸣ regnal year.
4That which was paid cash by Petespmetis, son of Haryotes:
52 stater on the 29th of Epeiph
6for the poll tax for the 41st regnal year.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
20230 man Petespmetis, son of Haryotes (P. 12941) Pꜣ-ḏı-Ns-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ Ḥr-wḏꜢ pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Augustus 41 Epeiph 28 12 July 22 CE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100084
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100084 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12941), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.