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Ostr. Berlin P. 12952

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12952
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, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 84 mm | 93 mm | 12 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Chipping of the surface in the upper left section.
Mounting (non [ostracon])

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Partially faded. Ending of the first line lost.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper half of the surface of the potsherd, without lateral margins. The lower half as wella s the lower crotch remain uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 0
Column Height (in mm) 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for compulsory labor tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Espmetis is confirmed by Stamnaichnoumis, son of Pachnoumis, of having paid the compulsory labor tax for the 5th regnal year in an amount of 8 obols, yields 3⅓ stater.
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
1ı͗n Ns-pꜣ-mtr ḏbꜥ.t 8.t
2n ꜥrṱ n-ḏr.t Sḏm-n=y-H̱nm sꜣ Pa-H̱nm
3r ḏbꜥ.t 8.t r sttr ⅓ ḥsb.t 5.t ı͗bd 3 šmw sw 16
1Thus has brought Espmetis 8 obols
2for the compulsory labor tax. Issued by Stamnaichnoumis, son of Pa⸢chnoumis⸣
3Yields 8 obols, yields ⅓ stater ⸢..?..⸣. 5th regnal year, 16th of Epeiph.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
19765 man Espmetis (P. 12952) Ns-pꜢ-mtr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios III Euergetes 05 Epeiph 16 -242 August 30 BCE Internal dating, without name of the ruler.;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100098
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100098 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12952), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.