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Ostr. Berlin P. 12154

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12154
Publication Number ined. P. 12154
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) Rubensohn, Otto (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 1906 and 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 80 mm | 71 mm | 10 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Outside surface damaged on one spot.
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) 2nd and 3rd line partially faded.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Script, additional A Greek
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Language, additional A Greek, Ancient
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text was placed centered on to the surface of the potsherd, without lateral margins. Both the upper right as well as the lower middle crotch remain uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 69 0
Column Height (in mm) 58 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 69 x 58 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 Thotortaios, son of Esyris, is confirmed by Peteyris, son of Harnouphis, of having paid the salt tax for the 28th regnal year in an amount of ⅓ kite and 4 obols. Greek subscription.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Subscription in Greek: tax farmer.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Inventory book mentioning the Greek text.
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n Ḏḥwtı͗-ı͗.ı͗r-ḏı͗-s sꜣ Ns–Ḥr ḥnꜥ Pa-Ḏḥwtı͗
2ḥḏ (qd) ⅓ ḏbꜥ.t 5 (n) ḥḏ ḥmꜣ (n) ḥsb.t 28 n-ḏr.t Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ḥr sꜣ Ḥr-nfr
3ḥsb.t 29 ı͗bd 1 ꜣḫ.t sw 17.t sẖ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-pp.t sꜣ Pa-H̱nm
4διὰ Πετεπίφιος
1Thus have brought Thotortaios, son of Esyris, and Pathothes
2⅓ silver (kite) and 4 obols (for) the salt tax (for) the 28th regnal year. Issued by Peteyris, son of Harnouphis.
329th regnal year, 17th of Thoth. Countersigned: Petepiphis, son of Pachnoumis.
4Through Petepiphis.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
12100 man Pathotes Pa-Ḏḥwtı͗ pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 29 Thoth 17 -257 November 7 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 100218
last Change 29.07.2022
Berlpap 09984
Author Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100218 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12154), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek).