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Pap. Berlin P. 13585

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13585
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) 278 mm | 48 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation The uppper part is broken off in undetermined but doubtless only small extent. Two rectangular holes on the right and the left of the upper section.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object The papyrus is still mounted on paper (06/2016).

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, presumably few lines lost only.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, sorgfältige und gut lesbare mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2). Slightly oblique to the upper left.
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The right-aligned text covers nearly the entire sheet, with a small and equal right and an unequal left margin. At the bottom a larger space remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+24 0
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 44
Column Height (in mm) 25
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 44 x x+25 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter concerning quarrels between Chnoum priests
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Teonurisephonychos, son of Imouthes, containing an answer on a letter received earlier. This correspondence focuses on a dispute between Chnoum priests. The sender expresses his wish for information on his opponent through the lesonis, who is presumably the addressee.
Location of Composition Schutb / Shas-hotep Upper Egypt, 13th nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 ḏd=w
x+2 ḫr ı͗r=w ḫnṱ ı͗rm=f
x+3 n wꜥ.t md(.t) bn-ı͗w Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Mḥ(y.t)
x+4 ẖn nꜣ rmṯ.w nty-ı͗w=w mḥṱ n
x+5 ḏr.t.ṱ=w n md(.t) ı͗n wn
x+6 wꜥ.t šꜥ.t ı͗w ı͗r s nꜣ wꜥb.w
x+7 ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr nꜣ wꜥb.w st ı͗r-rḫ
x+8 pꜣ nḫt.ṱ nty ḫpr bn-pw=y
x+9 rḫ ḏı͗.t ı͗w-ı͗w.w wꜥb r rsy
x+10 nꜣ wꜥb.w (n) Wsı͗r nty ı͗r wꜥb n H̱nm
x+11nty dy šn=w s (r-)dbꜣ.ṱ=f
x+12 mtr=w ı͗r=w wꜥ.t šꜥ(.t)
x+13 ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr nꜣ wꜥb.w ꜥn
x+14 my ḥn=w s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr
x+15 pꜣ mr-šn r ḏı͗.t ı͗r=y
x+16 swn tꜣ md.t-rmṯ-nmḥ
x+17 nty-ı͗w=w r ı͗r=s n Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Mḥ(y.t) 1Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53, also concerning the abouve mentioned readings Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Tfn.t und Pꜣ-ḏı͗-tpı͗(?).
x+18 (r-)dbꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-ꜣs.t pꜣy=f šr mtw=w ḏı͗.t
x+19 hb n=y Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Mḥ(y.t)n tꜣ nty-ı͗w=w (r)
x+20 ı͗r s n=f nb ı͗w=f-ḫpr ı͗w
x+21 wn md(.t) dy my ḥn=w s
x+22 r ḏı͗.t hb=w n=y n.ı͗m=s sẖ
x+23 Ḏd-I͗n-ḥr-ı͗w=f-ꜥnḫ sꜣ I͗y-m-ḥtp n
x+24 ḥsb.t 9 ı͗bd 2 šmw sw 4

1 Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53, also concerning the abouve mentioned readings Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Tfn.t und Pꜣ-ḏı͗-tpı͗(?).
x+1 They have spoken [///]
x+2 One is used to quarrel with him
x+3 concerning a matter. Petemous does not belong
x+4 to those people whose
x+5 hands (can) be taken in a matter. There is
x+6 a letter made by the wab priests of …
x+7 to the of … . One knows
x+8 the strong one, who arose(?). I could not
x+9 cause a wab priest to come to the south.
x+10 The wab priests of Osiris who are (also) priests of Chnoum
x+11 and who (live) here, inquired about him.
x+12 They agreed. They wrote a letter
x+13 to the wab priests, too.
x+14 The lesonis
x+15 may be ordered to cause me
x+16 to hear about the suspension
x+17 which is to be granted to Petemous
x+18 because of Peteesis, his son. And it should be caused, that
x+19 Petemous send to me concerning everything
x+20 which shall be done to him. If it happens
x+21 that here is something (which is desired): One may order
x+22 to cause to send to me concerning it! Written by
x+23 Teonurisephonychos, son of Imouthes, in
x+24 the 9th regnal year, 4th of Payni.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
1670 man Peteesis, son of Petemous PꜢ-ḏỉ-Ꜣs.t sꜢ PꜢ-ḏỉ-mḥ(y.t) pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 09 Payni 04 -332 August 1 BCE -222 July 27 BCE Dating by palaeography.;







DatasetID 100261
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46449
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100261 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13585), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.