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Pap. Berlin P. 15637 (= P. 15637 + P. 15803)

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15637 (= P. 15637 + P. 15803)
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory joining: Pap. Berlin P. 15637 + Pap. Berlin P. 15803 registered as existing during revision (1958)
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

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 / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
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 1908
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, dark
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 230 mm | 55 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Consists of two fragments. The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent. Several holes in the sheet. Measurements Pap Berlin P. 15637: 55 x 125 mm.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On the recto traces of an anterior text. According to the inventory "Abschrift und Deutung von W. Erichsen" existing.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent. Joined from Pap. Berlin P. 15637 (lower part) und P. 15803 (upper part). Only minor text damages.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire sheet, without lateral margins, with a broad lower margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+15 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 45 0
Column Height (in mm) 180 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 45 x x+180 (P. 15637: 45 x 85) 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter requesting an Isis oracle concerning travel intentions
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive | Isis cult section
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter with an inquiry to an Isis priest(?) to obtain an oracle of Isis. It should be requested wheather the sender should travel (to the Thebais?) or stay on Elephantine.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+0 my šn=w
x+1 pꜣy=(y) ꜥš-sḥn m-bꜣḥ
x+2 ꜣs.t ḏd pꜣy=(y) ꜥš-sḥn
x+3 nfr šm r pꜣ tš
x+4 (n) pꜣ ssw (n) šsp
x+5 ḥḏ n pr.t
x+6 gr ı͗n nꜣ.w-nfr=s
x+7 ḫpr dy n Yb
x+8 pꜣ ꜥš-sḥn nfr st
x+9 ı͗r-rḫ=s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr=k
x+10 md(.t) ı͗w bn-ı͗w=s
x+11 ꜣq tꜣy
x+12 my šn=w
x+13 r pꜣ ꜥrḏ
x+14 m-šs n-ḏr.t
x+15 (n) ḥsb.t 2.t ı͗bd 2 pr.t sw 29
x+0 [One may inquire]
x+1 (my) fortune before
x+2 Isis as follows: Is it (my) good
x+3 fortune to travel to the nome
x+4 at the day of receiving
x+5 silver money for grain?
x+6 Or is it better
x+7 to stay here on Elephantine?
x+8 The good fortune: One
x+9 knows 1For the translation cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54. it through you.
x+10 It is a matter which should not
x+11 decay.
x+12 One may inquire (the oracle)
x+13 to be
x+14 safe! Issued
x+15 (in) the 2nd regnal year, 29th of Mecheir.

1 For the translation cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    8060 not applicable (No persons mentioned in the [preserved] text) (No persons mentỈoned Ỉn the [preserved] text) (none)



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 02 Mecheir 29 -332 BCE -222 BCE ;







    DatasetID 100255
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46461
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100255 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15637 (= P. 15637 + P. 15803)), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.