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Ostr. Berlin P. 12939

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12939
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, grey
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 56 mm | 125 mm | 10 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower left corner is broken off.
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) Endings of the last two lines are broken off.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text was placed centered onto the surface of the potsherd, with broad and equal margins on all sides.
  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 the price of oil
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Megches, son of Pasenis, is confirmed by Pouoptis, son of Harsiesis, of having paid the price of oil in an amount of 1½ obols.
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
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n Mnḫ sꜣ Pa-sny ḏbꜥ.t 1½
2n swn (n) pꜣ nḥḥ r.šp=f (n) ḥsb.t 8.t ı͗bd 2 ꜣḫ.t(?)
3n-ḏr.t Pꜣ-wp.ṱ sꜣ Ḥr-pa-ꜣs.t
1Thus has brought Megches, son of Pasenis, 1½ obols
2for the value (for) oil, which he has received (for) the 8th regnal year, Phaophi(?).
3Issued by Pouoptis, son of Har⸢paesis⸣.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
11575 man Megches, son of Pasenis Mnḫ sꜣ Pa-sny pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios III Euergetes 08 Phaophi -240 November 17 BCE -240 December 16 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100120
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100120 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12939), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.