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Pap. Berlin P. 23707

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23707
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory joining: Pap. Berlin P. 15614, Pap. Berlin P. 23667 + Pap. Berlin P. 23707
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 / 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
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The left part is broken off in undetermined extent. Lower edge frayed. Horizontal and vertical breaks along the foldings. Several oblonged and vertically stringed holes in the sheet.
Mounting framed under glass

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (verso) and perpendicular (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Some line endings and beginning damaged.
Script, Primary Early Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, schwungvolle frühdemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small upper margin. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper two-thirds of the sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small upper margin. The lower half remains uninscribed, except for the address line in the lower middle section
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 9 7+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 315 310
Column Height (in mm) 110 80
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 315 x 110 310 x 80


Text Content

Modern Title letter concerning an error
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Snebonychos, son of Espneti-hetnetjer, to Espmetis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer, concerning an error of which the addressee is accused. Mention of sm-herbes and wine. The same addressee is also mentioned on Pap. Berlin P. 15801+23682, 23612.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
865 man Espmetis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer (carrier-of-Ra and lesonis) Ns-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ Ns-pꜢ-nty-(n-)ḥ.t-nṯr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Late Period (26th dynasty - 31st dynasty) Hathyr 27 -664 BCE -332 BCE ;



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DatasetID 100321
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46519
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100321 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23707), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.