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Pap. Berlin P. 15641

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15641
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory 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, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 84 mm | 102 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent, on the left side with a further triangular loss.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object At the right edge a continuous vertical collesis (ca. 1 cm). 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.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers the upper half of teh preserved sheet, without lateral margins, with a very broad lower margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+4 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 80 0
Column Height (in mm) 40 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 80 x x+40 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter with the request of papyrus
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Osoroeris, son of Teos, requesting the delivery of payrus as writing material.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 my ḥn=(w) s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ ḥry mšꜥ r ḏı͗.t
x+2 ı͗n=w n=y ḏmꜥ r sẖ (r-)dbꜣ ḫpr
x+3 ı͗y pꜣy m-ı͗r ḏı͗.t ı͗r=y wš n sẖ pꜣ hrw
x+4 n-ḏr.t Wsı͗r-wr sꜣ Ḏd-Ḥr ı͗bd 4 šmw sw 1
x+1 May it be commanded by the general/chief of amounts? [to order]
x+2 to deliver to me a papyrus roll for writing, because [///]
x+3 of the arrival! Do not cause me to stop in writing today!
x+4 Issued by Osoroeris, son of Teos, 1st of Mecheir.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
8090 not applicable (no further persons mentioned) (no further persons mentỈoned) (none)



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty Mesore 01 -332 BCE -30 BCE Dating by palaeography;







DatasetID 100256
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46462
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100256 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15641), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.