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Pap. Berlin P. 23588 a - f

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23588 a - f
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory joining: Pap. Berlin P. 13577a-b + 23588a-f
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 Details "Nordschugl"
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Certainty: high
Date of Discovery
Term. Ante / Post Quem Non
between 6 1 1907 and 6 1 1907
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 1907 and 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 335 mm | 720 mm | mm
Criteria for Dating The first text written on this papyrus (in Greek) is dated within the text to BCE 214/213.
State of Preservation Consists of six not joining fragments. Heavils damaged. H x W: c: 225 x 257 mm; d: 184 x 143 mm; e: 95 x 167 mm; f: 117 x 98 mm.
Mounting currently in 3 glass frames
Comments on Object Palimpest. Traces of an anterior text in Greek, illegible. In the left part one vertical sheet join (kollesis) (10 mm).

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto) and perpendicular (verso)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Several holes with substantial text losses. All sides broken off.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, teilweise recht undeutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. Columns right-aligned, with small distances to each other.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines several columns with up to 30 lines several columns with up to 30 lines
Quantity of Columns several columns with up to 30 lines several columns with up to 30 lines
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title Receipt concerning field allotments and payments of money of the Chnoum temple
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | account
Summary of Content Receipt in form of a list concerning allotments of fields from the Chnoum temple domain to land leasers, some of them Greeks; lists of payments of money. The presereved part of an anterior Greke text dates to 214/213 BCE.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)




RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (late) -180 BCE -30 BCE Dating by palimpsest: older text in Greek dated BCE 214/213.;



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DatasetID 100323
last Change 29.07.2022
Berlpap 12308
Trismegistos 45688
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100323 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23588 a - f ), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.