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Ostr. Berlin P. 12964

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12964
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 brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 94 mm | 114 mm | 4 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The right part is broken off. Heavy damage of the surface in the central 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) Heavily faded, partially lost due to surface damage. All line beginnings lost.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text was apparently placed centered onto the surface of the potsherd, with very broad margins on the three preserved sides.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 5 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 98 0
Column Height (in mm) 47 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 98 x 47 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 Petosorsmetis, son of Petosorsmetis, is confirmed by Petosorsmetis, son of Petephaus of having paid the rate for the poll tax for the 5th regnal year, in a lost amount.
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
1r.wṱ ⸢Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Wsı͗r⸣-ns-mtr sꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Wsı͗r-ns-mtr ẖr pꜣ ḥḏ n ꜥpe.t
2n ḥsb.t 5.t n Nrn Glwts Gsyrs
3Sbsṱ Grmnqs ꜣwtgrṱr
4ı͗bd 4 pr.t sw 17 n-ḏr.t Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Wsı͗r-ns-mtr
5sꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗--pꜣ-ḥwṱ
1That which was paid cash by Petosorsmetis, [son of Petosorsmetis], for the poll tax
2for the 5th regnal year of Nero Claudius Caesar
3Augustus Germanicus Imperator
417th of Pharmouthi. Issued by Petosorsmetis,
5[son of Pete]phaus.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
7680 man Imperator 05 Nero: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus NꜢrwn Glwṱys Gsyrs/Kysrs Sbst Grmnqs; Νέρωνος Καίσαρος Latin



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Nero 05 Pharmuthi 17 59 April 10 CE internal dating, with name of the ruler.;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100100
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100100 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12964), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.