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Ostr. Berlin P. 12944

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12944
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) 159 mm | 104 mm | 70 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation The lower right corner is broken off. Surface heavily abraded.
Mounting (non [ostracon])

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex/concave
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Convex: Heavily faded. Concave: The lower part of the text is broken off in undetermined extent.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Convex: Wide line pitch. The text was placed centered onto the surface of the potsherd, with small lateral and broad upper and lower margins. Concave: Wide line pitch. The right-aligned text was placed centered onto the surface of the potsherd, with broad lateral margins. The upper left crotch remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 8 7
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title account of priests connected with their income
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | account
  • documentary | list
Summary of Content List of persons and their income.
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
1-8 (Name list)
cc 1 sꜣ Pa-/// 37
cc 2 ı͗bd 4 šmw 30 ///
cc 3 r 34
cc 4 ḏbꜥ.t 113½
cc 5 Ns-pꜣ-mtr sꜣ 30
cc 6 I͗y-m-ḥtp sꜣ Ns-pꜣ-mtr 24
cc 7 Gꜥl sꜣ ꜣṱ 10
cc 8 20
cc 1 ..?.., son of Pa⸢///⸣ [_]: 37 (silver deben).
cc 2 Mesore [_]: 30 (silver deben) ⸢/// ⸣
cc 3 ..?.. [_] yields 34 (silver deben)
cc 4 113½ obol ..?..
cc 5 OK Espmetis, son of ..?.. [_]: 30 (silver deben).
cc 6 OK Imouthes son of Espmetis [_]: 24 (silver deben).
cc 7 OK Kales, son of Etes [_]: 10 (silver deben).
cc 8 [///]⸢..?..⸣[///]: 20 (silver deben).
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
29425 man ..?.., son of Pa-⸢///⸣ ..?.. sꜣ Pa-⸢///⸣ (not identified)



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty -332 BCE -30 BCE Dating by palaeography.;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100123
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100123 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12944), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.