Home Project Search Objects Places Persons & Deities  

Search in Objects

(submit with enter)


Pap. Berlin P. 13578

TEI-XML-File: https://p612399.webspaceconfig.de/xml/elephantine_erc_db_100259.tei.xml



Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13578
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 (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 papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 283 mm | 73 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent. Some larger rectangular losses in the upper left section. Small breaks along the foldings.
Mounting framed under glass

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) On top broken off in undetermined extent. Loss of the endings of the first preserved lines.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Sorgfältige, etwas steife mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrsift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2). In addition four autographic witness signatures.
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The right-aligned text covers nearly the entire sheet, without right margin. Length of lines differing. At the bottom a small margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+19 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 70
Column Height (in mm) 265
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 70 x x+265 0


Text Content

Modern Title Loan contract about three silver deben.
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | contract | vertical format
Summary of Content Loan contract about three silver deben. As reward the plowing of farmland of 10 aruras is declared.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1ı͗.ı͗r-n=y mtw=y ḏı͗.t tš
x+2ḥsb.t 5 ı͗bd 4 šmw ḥḏ (dbn) 1 ḥsb.t 6 ı͗bd 2 ꜣḫ.t ḥḏ (dbn) 1
x+3ı͗bd 1 pr.t ḥḏ (dbn) 1 r ḥḏ (dbn) 3 ꜥn pꜣ ḥḏ nty-ı͗w bn-ı͗w=y
x+4ḏı͗.t s ẖn=w n nꜣ ssw nty-ḥry ı͗w=y r
x+5ḏı͗.t s ı͗rm pꜣy=f 1-r-1½ n pꜣ ı͗bd nty m-sꜣ
x+6pꜣ ı͗bd rn=f ı͗wt sṱ nb mtw=y ḏı͗.t
x+7skꜣ=w n=k sṯꜣ 10 ꜣḥ ẖn pꜣ ḥtp-nṯr
x+8H̱nm n-mꜣy ı͗w=w skꜣ ı͗w=w
x+9 mn n ı͗ḥ pr pꜣ ꜣḥ n.ı͗m=w nty-ı͗w
x+10bn-ı͗w=(y) ḏı͗.t s n=k ẖn tꜣy sṯꜣ 10 ꜣḥ
x+11nty sẖ ḥry ı͗w=y (r) ḏı͗.t n=k pꜣy=f šmw tn (rtb) bd.t
x+1215 r (sṯꜣ) 1 ꜣḥ mtw=k wṱ pꜣ šmw H̱nm
x+13ẖn=w n ḥtr.ṱ ı͗wt mn ı͗wt
x+14sṱ nb n-ḏr.t Sbk-ḥtp sꜣ Ḫnsw-pꜣ-mtr 1According to Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53.
x+15n ḥsb.t 5 ı͗bd 3 šmw sw 25
x+16sẖ Pa-H̱nm sꜣ Ḏd-Ḥr
x+17sẖ Nḫt.ṱ-Mn sꜣ Ḥr
x+18sẖ Pa-nfr sꜣ I͗ꜥḥ-ı͗.ı͗r-ḏı͗-s
x+19sẖ Wn-nfr sꜣ Sbk-ḥtp

1 According to Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53.
x+1against me. And I will give [///] installments(?) [///]
x+25th regnal year, Mesore: 1 silver (deben); 6th regnal year, Paophi: 1 silver (deben);
x+3Tybi: 1 silver (deben). Yields 3 silver (deben) again. The amount of money, which I will not
x+4give at the [above mentioned] dates, this [I will]
x+5give together with one and a half times its value within that month which is after
x+6the month mentioned, without any objection. And I will [cause,]
x+7that 10 aruras farmland will be plowed for you from the offering donation
x+8of Chnoum anew, as they are plowed
x+9and (equipped) constantly with cattle (and) grain. The farmland thereof which (I) will
x+10not restitute to you from these 10 aruras farmland
x+11mentioned above: I will deliver its crop disposal to you:
x+1215 (artabas) emmer per 1 (arura) field. And you will pay the crop disposal of Chnoum
x+13from them, with necessity and without delay or
x+14objection. Issued by Sochotes, son of Chons-pa-meter
x+15in the 5th regnal year, 25th of Epeiph.
x+16Countersigned Pachnoumis, son of Teos.
x+17Countersigned Nechtminis, son of Horos.
x+18Countersigned Panouphis, son of Artais.
x+19Countersigned by Onnophris, son of Sochotes.
Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
1285 man Nechtminis, son of Horos Nḫt.ṱ-mn sꜢ Ḥr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (middle) 05 Epeiph 25 -264 BCE -180 BCE Dating by palaeography;



Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright




DatasetID 100259
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 45689
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100259 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13578), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.