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Ostr. Berlin P. 12268

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12268
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) Rubensohn, Otto (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 1906 and 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 67 mm | 92 mm | 7 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower right corner is broken away.
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) Partly blurred or faded.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Unsteady line pitch. The text covers nearly the entires surface of the potsherd, with a small margin on the level of the first lines.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 85 0
Column Height (in mm) 52 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 85 x 52 0


Text Content

Modern Title account on payments of money
Ancient Archives administrative archive of unclear context
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
Summary of Content Onnophris confirms Smetos, daughter of Pakheber, of being fully paid. Context unclear due to fragmentary condition.
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 Woman
Comment on Gender - Activity of woman: deliverer of payment - Identifier of woman: daughter of a man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1Wn-nfr nty ḏd n Ns-mtr-ꜥꜣ.t ta Pꜣ-ḫbr
1Onnophris is the one who speaks to Smetos, daughter of Pakheber
4PN ⸢..?..⸣
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
36635 woman Smetos, daughter of Pakheber Ns-mtr-ꜥꜣ.t ta Pꜣ-ḫbr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Augustus -30 BCE 14 CE ;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100137
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100137 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12268), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.