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Ostr. Berlin P. 12720

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12720
Publication Number BGU VI 1376
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

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 / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
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 1908
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, grey brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 79 mm | 93 mm | 15 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete.
Mounting (non [ostracon])

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Complete.
Script, Primary Greek
Script, additional A Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Language, additional A Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting The Demotic was written with thicker rush and in a different hand than the Greek Greek: elegant ptolemaic cursive, hand unknown
Comments on Text Layout Greek: Eide line pitch. The left-aligned text was placed centered onto the surface of the potsherd, with broad lateral and upper margins. The lower crotch was inscribed with one line Demotic.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6+1 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 74 0
Column Height (in mm) 69 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 74 x 69 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for the value of royal linnen
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Harpaesis, son of Chestephnachthis, is confirmed by Herakleides on behalf of the bank of Thebes of having paid 2000 Drachmen for the value of royal linnen. Demotic subscription.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Subscription in Demotic: date, amount of money in Egyptian currency (100 kite)
Location of Composition Thebes-East Upper Egypt, 4th nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Hand copy of one line in the inventory book.
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
ἔτους λα Φαρμοῦθι β

τέτακται ἐπὶ τὴν
2ἐν Δ̣ι̣ὸ̣ς̣ πόλει τῆι μεγάληι τράπεζαν ἐφʼ ἧς Ἡρακλείδης
3ἀπὸ τιμῆς ὀθονίων βασιλικῶν τοῦ λα ∟
4Ἁρπαῆσις Χεστεφνάχθιος
5δισχιλίας / Β.
6Ἡρακλείδης τραπεζίτης
7ḥsb.t 31 ı͗bd 4 pr.t sw 2.t qd 100
131st regnal year, 2nd of Pharmouti: Thus has paid into
2the bank of Thebes, for which is responsible Herakleides,
3for the value of the royal linen of the 31st regnal year
4Harpaesis, son of Chestephnachtis,
5two thousand (drachmas). Yields in numerals: 2000.
6Trapezit Herakleides.
731st regnal year, 2nd of Pharmuti. 100 kite.
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Places (read out from edition)
  • Δ̣ι̣ὸ̣ς̣ τῆι πόλει (places.xml#s2)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    520 man Harpaesis, son of Chestephnachtes Ἁρπαῆσις Χεστεφνάχθιος pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaios VI Philometor 31 Pharmuthi 02 -150 March 27 BCE first date option. Intermal dating, without name of the ruler;



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    DatasetID 100143
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Berlpap 03607
    Trismegistos 4675
    Papyri.info ddbdp/bgu;6;1376
    Author Jan Moje (Demotic); BerlPap-Team, Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek)
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100143 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12720), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); BerlPap-Team, Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek).