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Pap. Berlin P. 23549

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23549
Current Location magazine
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
Date of Discovery
Term. Ante / Post Quem Non
between 12 2 1906 and 12 2 1906
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 1906
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 69 mm | 105 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Extensive damage at the upper edge and in the entire lower left section. Holes and breaks along the foldings.
Mounting framed under glass
Restoration Activities Restaurierung abgeschlossen

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) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Minor text damages only.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic - Roman Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Spätdemotische Geschäftsschrift, sehr schwierig zu lesen." (Nach Zauzich)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper half of the sheet, with broad lateral and upper margins. The lower half remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 85 0
Column Height (in mm) 31 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 85 x 31 0


Text Content

Modern Title oracular inquery concerning the allowance of travel
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | cultic archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • religious | polytheistic Egyptian | oracular inquiry
Summary of Content Oracular inquery to Chnoum concerning the allowance to travel to Alexandria.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: )
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1pꜣy=n nb ꜥꜣ pꜣ nṯr ꜥꜣ H̱nm ı͗w=f ḫpr ı͗w-ı͗w=k wḫꜣ
2ḏı͗.t pḥ=n nꜣ twt.w ḥ.t-nṯr r šm r Rꜥ-qd
3my nꜣy=n pꜣy bꜣk r-bnr
1Our great master, the great god Chnoum! If you want us
2to accompany the statues of the temple in order to travel to Alexandria,
3this letter may be brought out to us!
Places (read out from edition)
  • Rꜥ-qd (places.xml#s22)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    8060 not applicable (No persons mentioned in the [preserved] text) (No persons mentỈoned Ỉn the [preserved] text) (none)



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaic Dynasty (late) -180 BCE -30 BCE Dating by palaeography;







    DatasetID 100334
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 44487
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100334 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23549), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.