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Ostr. Berlin P. 12253

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12253
Publication Number Hintze 1977, Nr.10
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory 1963 available; 2014 available
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto (excavation director)
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 86 mm | 146 mm | 7 mm
Dating between 395 and
Range of Preservation incomplete

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex/concave
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) The text on convex side is very faded, unknown if rubbed deliberately or through natural processes.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting It is a rather even, practised hand.
Comments on Text Layout On the inner, concave, side of the pottery ostracon 9 lines of Coptic writing can be seen. On the outer, convex, side remnants or rather traces of 4 (?) lines can be seen, but the text here is basically illegible due to the poor state of preservation.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 9
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 70 143
Column Height (in mm) 40 80
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Ancient Author of Text Pcol, son of Dorotheos
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | dept instrument
Summary of Content Pcol, son of Dorotheus, owes 15.000 wonchis to Hello, son of Pasmet. He has put them on a ship and is ready to pay back, when the ship comes south again (?).
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: )
Multilingualism Script = Language Monolingual



Transcription Translation Pictures


1ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲡϭⲟⲗ ⲧⲟⲩⲣⲱⲑⲉ
2ⲉⲓⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲛ︦ϩⲩⲗⲟ ⲙ︦ⲡⲁⲥⲙⲏⲧ
3ⲉⲡⲓⲇⲏ ⲁⲓϫⲓ ⲟⲩⲧⲃⲁ︦ ⲟⲩϭⲁⲥ ⲛ︦ⲟⲩ
4ⲱⲛⲭⲓⲥ ⲛ︦ⲧⲟⲧⲕ︦ ⲉⲧⲁⲭⲣⲓⲁ ⲁⲓ
5ⲧⲁⲗⲟⲟⲩ ⲉⲡϫⲟⲓ ⲛ︦ϣⲁⲧⲙⲁϫⲉ
6ϯⲟ ⲛ︦ϩⲉⲧⲟⲓⲙⲟⲥ ⲉⲧⲣⲁⲧⲁⲩ
7ⲛⲉⲕ ⲗⲟⲓⲡⲛⲥ ⲑⲉ ⲧⲉⲕⲟⲩⲁ
8ϣⲥ ϣⲁⲁⲥⲧⲉ

1I, Pjol son of Dorotheus
2am writing to Hello son of Pasmet.
3After I had received fifteen-thousand w-
4onchis from you for my needs, I
5put them on the pickaxe-cutter ship.
6I am ready to give them back
7to you the way you wi
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
2440 man Hello, son of Pasmet ϩⲩⲗⲟ ⲙⲡⲁⲥⲙⲏⲧ 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;







DatasetID 100156
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 87778
Author Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100156 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12253), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos.