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Ostr. Berlin P. 12965

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12965
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) 68 mm | 75 mm | 6 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete, only slight damages of the upper rim.
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 Demotic
Language, Primary Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text was placed centered onto the surface of the potsherd, with broad margisn on all sides, except for the left with a small unequal margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 63 0
Column Height (in mm) 42 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 63 x 42 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for compulsory labor tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Espmetis, son of Belles, is confirmed by Espmetis, son of Paieus of having paid the compulsory labor tax for the 6th regnal year in an amount of ½ 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 sꜣ Br
2ḥḏ qd ½ (n) ḥḏ (n) ꜥrṱ (n) ḥsb.t 6
3n-ḏr.t Ns-pꜣ-mtr sꜣ Pa-ı͗wı͗w
4ḥsb.t 6 ı͗bd 1 pr.t sw 8
1Thus has brought Espmetis, son of Belles,
2½ silver kite (for) the compulsory labor tax (for) the 6th regnal year.
3Issued by Espmetis, son of Paieus,
46th regnal year, 8th of Tybi.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
11545 man Espmetis, son of Belles and of his mother Tiys Ns-pꜢ-mty sꜢ Br, Σμητ Βελλῆτος pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios III Euergetes 06 Tybi 08 -241 February 23 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100211
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100211 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12965), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.