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Ostr. Berlin P. 12252

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12252
Publication Number Hintze 1977, Nr.6
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]
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, light red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 152 mm | 104 mm | 12 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation contamination stains

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) The Coptic text is written in black in on the brownish-reddish pottery. Due to some dark stains on the surface the writing is partially more difficult to see. In some cases the ink is rubbed off or very faded.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting A practised but not very neat documentary hand.
Comments on Text Layout Due to the angular shape of the lower part of the ostracon, the letters there are somewhat crowded and jumbled.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 14
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 102
Column Height (in mm) 150


Text Content

Ancient Author of Text Hello, son of Toresh
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | dept instrument
Summary of Content Hello and brother Sokrate, sons of Toresh, owe Pamphylones, son of Pakot, 1 carat of gold. Writer or witness are not mentioned.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ⳁ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ϩ︦ⲗ︦ⲗⲟ ⲙⲛ︦ⲡⲉϥ
2ⲥⲟⲛ ⲥⲟⲕⲣⲁⲧⲉ ⲛ︦ϣⲣⲏⲩ
3ⲛ︦ⲧⲱⲣϣ ⲉⲩⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲉⲩⲭⲣⲉ
4ⲱⲥⲧⲓ ⲙⲛ︦ⲛⲉⲩⲉⲣⲏⲩ
6ⲥ ⲡⲁⲕⲱⲧⲛ︦ⲟⲩⲕⲉⲣⲁ
7ⲧⲥⲉ ⲛ︦ⲛⲟⲩⲃ ⲧⲛ︦ⲱ
8ⲛϩⲉⲧⲙⲱⲥ ⲉⲣϣ
9ⲁⲛⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ⲧⲱϣ
10ⲛ︦ⲧⲉⲛⲉⲓ ϩⲁϩⲏ
11ⲧ ⲛ︦ⲧⲉⲛⲧⲁⲥ
12ⲛⲁⲕ ⲁϫ
13ⲗⲁⲁⲩ ⲛ
14ⲁϯ1ⲁⲛϯⲗⲟⲅⲓⲁ is probable, but not clear whether it was abbreviated, did not have enough room, or simply broke off

1 ⲁⲛϯⲗⲟⲅⲓⲁ is probable, but not clear whether it was abbreviated, did not have enough room, or simply broke off
1I, Hello and his
2brother Sokrate, sons
3of Toresh, write and o-
4we together
5to Pamphylone-
6s, son of Pakot, one car-
7at of gold. We ag-
8ree, if so
9God will,
10that when we come to the no-
11rth, we will give it
12to you without
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
2445 man Hello, son of Toresh ϩ︦ⲗⲗⲟ ⲛ︦ⲧⲱⲣϣ Coptic







DatasetID 100157
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 87774
Author Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100157 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12252), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos.