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Ostr. Berlin P. 10827

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 10827
Publication Number ined.
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory 1963 available; 2014 available
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status unpublished

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
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 66 mm | 55 mm | 5 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Broken off and thus missing text on all sides except for the upper.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) The ink is rather well-preserved, only 1-2 letters are faded.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting A practised hand, but a very cursive one with many ligatures.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6+x
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 55
Column Height (in mm) 43


Text Content

Ancient Author of Text Paulus
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content Seems to be a letter, might be official or private. Addressed to a Victor deacon, by a Paulos (?) who probably also had a title, which cannot be interpreted or read properly. Ostracon (document) is mentioned in the text referring to the present letter itself, and sy agrees (ⲡⲱⲗϭ) which is a typical verb for Abstandsklauseln in documents.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ⲧⲁⲁ̣ⲥ ⲙ᷍ⲡⲇⲓⲁⲕⲱ(ⲛⲟⲥ) ⲃⲓⲕⲧⲱⲣ ⲛ̣
2ⲓⲟⲥ ϩⲓⲧⲛ᷍ ⲡⲁⲭⲟⲩⲙ (ⲕⲁⲓ) ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲟ̣
3 ⲧⲓⲃⲗ᷍ϫⲉ ⲃⲱⲕ ⲉϩⲣⲁ
4 ⲏ ⲛ̄ⲧⲉⲣⲛⲡⲱⲗ̄︤ϭ︥ ⲡⲉⲓ
5 ⲇ ⲧⲣⲉⲙ(ⲏⲥⲓ)
1[Gi]ve it to the deacon Victor (son) of […]
2[…]ios from Pachoum() and Paulo[s.
3[Take?] this sherd, and go up [to …]
4[…] … when we decide this […]
5[…] four tremissi […] …
6[…] …
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
2560 man Paulus ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲟⲥ Coptic



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
palaeographical dating;







DatasetID 100148
last Change 26.08.2022
Author Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100148 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 10827), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos.