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Ostr. Berlin P. 12569

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12569
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory 1963 available; 2014 available
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status unpublished

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]


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 130 mm | 113 mm | 10 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
Restoration Activities 2013; Kathleen Kerth; cleaning and gluing (2 fragments)
Comments on Object 2 fragments of the same ostracon, glued together

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object one-sided
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting Relatively big, a little bit clumsy letters, probably a not very practised hand. The letters could be called half-uncials.
Comments on Text Layout Text only on the outer side (convex) of the pottery ostracon.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 10
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 110
Column Height (in mm) 65


Text Content

Modern Title letter
Ancient Author of Text Senekion
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content The writer Senekion asks addresse, Paulos, to send him money for the black paint (?), and to come and see (...)
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: )
Multilingualism Monolingual
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ⲥⲉⲛⲉⲕⲓⲱⲛ ⲉⲧⲥϩⲁⲓ̈ ⲛⲡⲁⲩⲗⲟⲥ
2ⲡⲁⲓ̈ ⲟⲛ ⲕⲁⲧⲁ ⲧⲑⲉ ⲛⲧⲁⲕϫⲟⲟ
3ⲛⲁⲓ̈ ⲉⲧⲃⲉⲛϩⲁⲗⲁⲥⲓⲥ 1probably Gr. ἄλησις ⲡⲉ
4ϫⲁ ϫⲉ ϣⲉ ⲛⲙⲉⲗⲁⲥ
5ϩⲁⲟⲩⲁⲉⲓ ϯⲛⲟⲩ ϫⲟⲟⲩ
6ⲡⲗⲓⲕⲏⲛ ⲛϩⲟⲙⲧ ⲉϩⲣⲁⲓ̈
7ⲛⲁⲓ̈ ⲛⲧⲁϫⲓⲧⲟⲩ ⲕⲟϣ
8ⲉⲓ̈ ⲉϩⲣⲁⲓ̈ ⲁⲙⲟⲩ ⲛⲅⲛⲁⲩ
9ⲉⲣⲟⲟⲩ ϫⲉ ⲟⲩⲁⲁⲓⲉ ⲛⲁⲕ
10ϫⲉ ⲛ

1 probably Gr. ἄλησις
1Senekion writes to Paulos.
2This, then, is as you said
3to me concerning the grinding (ground).
4You said that 100 (worth of?) black paint
5(are on the way?). Now send
6the likne of money up
7to me, and I shall get them. If you wish
8to come up, come and see
9them because ...for you
10that/because (...)
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
2560 man Paulus ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲟⲥ Coptic







DatasetID 100096
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100096 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12569), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos.