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Ostr. Berlin P. 12913

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12913
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1963)
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned

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) Zucker, Friedrich (excavation director)
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution partage
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1907 and 1908
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, medium brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 61 mm | 92 mm | 8 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete
Mounting (non [ostracon])

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Heavily faded.
Script, Primary Demotic
Language, Primary Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text was placed onto the middle part of the surface of the potsherd, with only very small lateral margins. The upper part as well as the lower crotch remain uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 0
Column Height (in mm) 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for a lost tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Espmetis is confirmed by Espmetis, son of Peteyris, of having paid a lost tax for the 20th regnal year in an amount of 8 kite.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Hand copy of one line in the inventory book.
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n Ns-pꜣ-mtr ḥḏ qd 8
2n ḥsb.t 20 n-ḏr.t
3Ns-pꜣ-mtr (sꜣ) Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ḥr
4ḥsb.t 20 ı͗bd 1 pr.t sw 30
1Thus has brought Espmetis 8 silver kite
2for the [///] tax of the 20th regnal year. Issued by
3Espmetis, son of Peteyris.
420th regnal year, 30th of Tybi.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
12265 man Espmetis (P. 12913) Ns-pꜢ-mtr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 20 Tybi 30 -265 March 22 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100193
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100193 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12913), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.