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Ostr. Berlin P. 12921

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12921
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) 92 mm | 89 mm | 7 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper right corner is broken off. Left rim damaged.
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) In the upper and lower sections loss of the line beginnings in undetermined extent. Endings of the first three lines damaged.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire surface of the potsherd. Only the crotches top-left and bottom-right remain uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 78 0
Column Height (in mm) 81 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 78 x 81 0


Text Content

Modern Title account on castor oil
Ancient Archives administrative archive of unclear context
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | account
Summary of Content Fragmentary account, mentionong castor oil and two males.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Hand copy of one line in the inventory book, but erroneously rotated by 180 °.
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 ḥḏ dbn 5⅓
x+2 sp=w 2 5⅓
x+3 Ns-pꜣ-mtr (sꜣ) Pa-H̱nm
x+4 tkm hn 1 sp=w
x+5 H̱nm-ı͗w
x+6 ḥḏ dbn 450 sttr 1.t ḥḏ qd 11
x+1 [///] 5⅓ silver deben.
x+2 Their rest: 2 5⅓
x+3 Espmetis, (son) of Pachnoumis ..?..
x+4 Castor oil, 1 hin. Their rest
x+5 Chenemeus ..?..
x+6 [///] 450 silver deben, 1 statuer, 11 silver kite.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
26050 man Chenemeus (P. 12921) H̱nm-ı͗w pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Roman Period -30 BCE 211 CE Dating by palaeography. Dating by content. Dating by prosopography.;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100113
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100113 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12921), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.