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Ostr. Berlin P. 12971

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12971
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) 98 mm | 90 mm | 6 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete, only slight damage 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) Ending of first line and beginning of last line damaged.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Medium but unequal line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper half of the surface of the potsherd, with small lateral margins and a broader upper one. The lower crotch remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 5 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 85 0
Column Height (in mm) 50 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 85 x 50 0


Text Content

Modern Title list of persons in connection with a shrine
Ancient Archives administrative archive of unclear context
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • religious | polytheistic Egyptian
Summary of Content This ostracon lists three persons regarding moving to a shrine. The exact context remains unclear.
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
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ḥsb.t 20.t (n) ?ꜣntwnyns ?Gysrs
2nty ḫw ḥꜣ.t n qdy 1I am indebted to J. F. Quack for reading of this word n tꜣ qnḥ n sw 7
3tꜣ mḥ 1.t Pꜣ-šr-Nı͗.t..?.. sꜣ ..?..
4tꜣ mḥ 2.t Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ns-pꜣ- sꜣ ..?..
5tꜣ mḥ 3.t Pa-H̱nm sꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Wsı͗r-ns-mtr sꜣ Ḥr

1 I am indebted to J. F. Quack for reading of this word
120th regnal year (of) Antoninus Caesar
2Augustus. The beginning of moving to the shrine on the 7th day.
3The first: Psenneithis..?.., son of ..?.. .
4The second: Petesp..?..., son of ..?.. .
5The third: Pachnoumis, son of Petosorsmetis, son of Horos.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
8135 man imperator 08 Antoninus Pius: Antoninus Caesar Ἀντωνείνος/ Ἀντωνίνος Καίσαρος Latin



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Antoninus Pius 20 07 156 CE 157 CE Internal dating, with name of the ruler.;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100213
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100213 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12971), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.