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Ostr. Berlin P. 12963

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12963
Publication Number ined. p. 12963
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) 71 mm | 102 mm | 7 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
Script, additional A Greek
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Language, additional A Greek, Ancient
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text was placed onto the left half of the surface of the potsherd, with a very broad right margin, but very small upper and left margins. The lower crotch remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 72 0
Column Height (in mm) 30 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 72 x 30 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 | tax receipt
Summary of Content Pamenis, son of Eschnoumis, is confirmed by Espmetis, son of Petechonsis, of having paid the salt tax for the 30th regnal year in an amount of ⅓ kite and ½ obol. Countersignature of Peteyris, son of Teos. Subscription in Greek mentioning the tax farmer Petepiphis.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Subscription in Greek: Tax farmer.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Hand copy of one line in the inventory book.
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n Pa-Mn sꜣ Ns-H̱nm ḥḏ qd ⅓ ḏbꜥ.t ½ n ḥḏ ḥmꜣ
2n ḥsb.t 30 n-ḏr.t Ns-pꜣ-mtr sꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ḫnsw n ḥsb.t 30 ı͗bd 3 šmw sw 18
3διὰ Πετεπιφ
4 sẖ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ḥr sꜣ Ḏd-Ḥr
1Thus has brought Pamenis, son of Eschnoumis, ⅓ silver kite and ½ obol for the salt tax
2for the 30th regnal year. Issued by Espmetis, son of Petechonsis, in the 30th regnal year, 18th of Epeiph.
3Through Petepiphis.
4Coutersigned by Peteyris, son of Teos.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
11695 man Pamenis, son of Eschnoumis Pa-Mn sꜣ Ns-Hnm pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 30 Epeiph 18 -255 September 4 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100210
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100210 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12963), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek).