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Ostr. Berlin P. 12950

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12950
Publication Number dem. ined p. 12950
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, yellow brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 69 mm | 104 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) Partly faded.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper half of the surface of the potsherd, with small upper and lateral margins. The lower half as well as the lower right crotch remain uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 100 0
Column Height (in mm) 32 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 100 x 32 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for salt tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Tapmetis, daughter of Pamenis, son of Esthotes, is confirmed by Schesbet of having paid the salt tax for the 38th regnal year in an amount of ¼ 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 Woman
Comment on Gender - Activity of woman: tax payer - Identifier of woman: daughter of a man, additionally with his father



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n Ta-pꜣ-mtr ta Pa-sny sꜣ Ns-Ḏḥwtı͗ ḥḏ ¼ (n)
2ḥḏ (n) ḥmꜣ (n) ḥsb.t 38 n-ḏr.t Šsbṱ ḥsb.t 38
3ı͗bd 2 šmw sw 18
1Thus has brought Tapmetis, daughter of Pasenis, son of Esthotes: ¼ (kite) (for)
2the salt tax (for) the 38th regnal year. Issued by Schesbet, 38th regnal year
318th of Payni.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
11570 woman Tapmetis, daughter of Pasenis, son of Esthothes Ta-pꜣ-mtr ta Pa-sny sꜣ Ns-Ḏḥwtı pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 38 Payni 18 -247 August 3 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100203
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100203 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12950), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.