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Ostr. Berlin P. 10834

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 10834
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Publication Status unpublished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
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 71 mm | 87 mm | 5 mm
Dating between 395 and
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Broken off on all sides except on the top, which is the rim of the vessel.
Comments on Object linke obere Ecke und rechter Teil fehlen

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object concave (inside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) On right and left side broken off, so an unknown amount of text is missing. The remaining text is relatively well-preserved and visible.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting A practised documentary hand, rather cursive, with some ligatures. Not very neat, but well readable. Hand of David, son of Mena, also signed.
Comments on Text Layout The writing is on a fragment of a plate, only on the inner (concave) side.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6+x
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) x+69+y
Column Height (in mm) 50+x
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | dept instrument
Summary of Content Somebody acknowledges that he/she owes another person, and that he/she will pay it back without dispute. The usual formulae are used for this debt acknowledgement.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: )
Comments on Text Scribe (and/or witness) is David, son of Mena, who is known from other documents as well: P. 14782, P. 14781 (witness); and P. 14791 and P. 14793 where he uses only David.
Multilingualism Script = Language



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ⲓⲑⲟⲥ ⲕⲁⲗⲁⲥ ⲓⲣ
2ϫⲉ ϯⲭⲣⲉⲱⲥⲧⲉ
3ⲃ ⲉⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ⲧⲱϣ ⲓ
4ⲭⲟⲣⲓⲥ ⲗⲁ ⲛ︦ⲁⲛⲧⲓⲗⲟⲅⲓⲁ
5ⲭⲓⲱⲭ ⲇ ⲧⲏⲣ
6ⲇⲁⲩⲉⲓⲇ ⲙⲏⲛ
1[...]ithos (son of) Kalasir[e]
2(acknowledge?) that I owe (you)
3... if God so appoints ...
(I will pay back) without dispute
5Khoiakh 4 tre[mis]
6(written by?) David, son of Mena
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
2405 man David, son of Mena, deacon + scribe ⲇⲁⲩⲉⲓⲇ ⲙⲏⲛⲁ Coptic



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
historical, social setting, other texts and archives from the area, palaeography; names, military titles, business affairs in the Coptic texts from Elephantine ;







DatasetID 100151
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100151 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 10834), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos.