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Ostr. Berlin P. 12255

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12255
Publication Number Hintze 1977, Nr.4
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, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 114 mm | 202 mm | 8 mm
Range of Preservation complete
Comments on Object Fragment of a plate of reddish clay.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object one-sided
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting Not a very neat handwriting, large letters, relatively clumsy appearance. Superlinear stroke and trema used.
Comments on Text Layout Lines 9-11 are written on the rim, above the text.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 11
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 200
Column Height (in mm) 114
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Ancient Author of Text Thekla, daughter of Tsanagapé
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | dept instrument
Summary of Content Thekla, daughter of Tsanagape, owes Papa, son of Petros, 1.5 keration of gold. Scribe and witness of the text is Presbyteros, son of Nilamon.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: )
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender Scribe is male, author (comissioner) is female



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ⳁ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲑⲉⲕⲗⲁ ⲛ︦ⲧⲥⲁⲛⲁⲅⲁⲡⲏ ⲉⲧ
2ⲥϩⲁⲓ̈ ⲙ︦ⲡⲁⲡⲁ ⲙ︦ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ ϫⲉ ϯⲟⲙⲟ
3ⲗⲟⲅⲉⲓ ⲁⲩⲱ ϯⲭⲣⲉⲟⲥⲧⲉⲓ ⲛⲁ ⲛ︦ⲟⲩⲕⲉ
4ⲣⲁⲧⲉⲓⲟⲛ ⲟⲩⲕⲁⲥ ⲛ︦ⲛⲟⲩⲃⲓ ⲅⲓ,ⲅⲓⲛⲉⲧⲁⲓ ⲭⲣⲭⲣⲩⲥⲟⲩ , ⲕ,ⲕⲉⲣⲁⲧⲓⲟⲛ , ⲁ
5ϯⲱ ⲛ︦ϩⲉⲧⲟⲓⲙⲟⲥ ⲧⲁⲧⲁⲩ ⲛⲁⲕ ⲉⲕϣ
6ⲁⲛⲉⲓ ⲉⲣⲏⲥ ⲁϫⲛ︦ⲗⲁⲁⲩ ⲛ︦ⲁⲛ
7ⲧⲓⲗⲟⲅⲓⲁ ⲉⲅⲣ,ⲉⲅⲣⲁⲫⲏ ⲙⲏⲛⲏ
8ⲫⲁⲙⲉⲛⲱⲑ ⲁ
9ⲓⲛⲇ,ⲓⲛⲇⲓⲕⲧⲓⲱⲛⲟⲥ ⲓⲁ
10ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲡⲣⲉⲥⲃⲩⲧⲉⲣⲟⲥ ⲛⲓⲗⲁⲙⲱⲛ ⲁⲓ̈
11ϩⲁⲓ̈ ϯⲃⲗ︦ϫⲉ ϯⲱ ⲙ︦ⲙⲁⲣⲧⲩⲣⲟⲥ ⳁ
1I, Thekla daughter of Tsanagape, am
2writing to Papa son of Petros that I
3acknowledge and I owe one ke-
4ration and a half of gold, that makes in gold 1.5 keration.
5I agree to give them back to you wh-
6en you come south, without any dis-
7puting words. Written in the month of
8Phamenoth, 1st (day),
911th indiktion-year.
10I, Presbyteros son of Nilamon have
11written this ostracon and am witness.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
2540 man Papa, son of Petros ⲡⲁⲡⲁ ⲙⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ Coptic



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Phamenoth 01 510 CE 600 CE 11th indiction. historical, social setting, other texts and archives from the area, palaeography; names, military titles, business affairs in the Coptic texts from Elephantine;







DatasetID 100158
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 100158 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12255), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Matthias Müller, Andrea Hasznos.