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Pap. Berlin P. 15514

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15514
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
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
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 278 mm | 99 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off presumably in the height of one line plus upper margin. Several holes in the foldings, getting larger to the top.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object In the middle part one vertical sheet join (kollesis). The papyrus is still mounted on paper (05/2016).

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 possibly one line broken off. In the upper reserved part some holes with minor text losses.
Script, Primary Early Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte und überwiegend deutliche frühdemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch in the upper part, narrow in the lower part. The text was placed onto the upper three-fourth of the sheet, without lateral margins. The lower one-fourth remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+19 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 95 0
Column Height (in mm) 200 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 95 x x+200 0


Text Content

Modern Title Agreement concerning the feeding of geese
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | oath | vertical format
Summary of Content Agreement in the form of mutual oaths between a man with lost name and Samaus before Satet and Chnum: It focuses on feeding geese which were breded together. The first person states not having taken out surplus of emmer. If the second person moves away from Elephantine, he must resign his profit.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 ı͗w=f ı͗r ꜥnḫ m-bꜣḥ Spd.t ꜥꜣ(.t) nb(.t) Yb
x+2 ḏd pꜣy bd 20 ½ pꜣy ḏı͗.w (n-)ḏr.t Ṯꜣy-n.ı͗m=w 1Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54.
x+3 bn-pw=f ḏı͗.t n=y bd ẖn=w m-sꜣ pꜣ nty-ı͗w=f r hn=f
x+4 mtw Ṯꜣy-n.ı͗m=w ḏı͗.t n=f rd n nꜣ bd.w
x+5 ⸢ı͗w=f (r) ı͗r ꜥnḫ /// ḏd nꜣ ı͗pd.w
x+6 ı͗.ı͗r ḫpr n pꜣ šy(?) H̱nm ẖn nꜣ sre.w
x+7 nty ı͗wṱ=y ı͗rm Ṯꜣy-n.ı͗m=w bn-pw=y ṯꜣy
x+8 ı͗pd n.ı͗m=w bn-pw=y ḏı͗.t ṯꜣy=w m-sꜣ pꜣ nty-ı͗w=f
x+9 r hn=f ı͗w=f (r) ı͗r ꜥnḫ ḏd nꜣ bd.w r.ḏı͗=w
x+10 r-ḏr.t.ṱ=y r nꜣ wnm sre n nꜣ sre.w Ṯꜣy-n.ı͗m=w
x+11 bn-pw=y ṯꜣy bd n.ı͗m=w bn-pw=y ḏı͗.t ṯꜣy=w
x+12 bnr n bd (n) ḫꜣꜥ.ṱ?=f (n?) nꜣ wnm sre ḥnꜥ nꜣ ı͗pd.w
x+13 n pꜣ ḥtp-nṯr m-sꜣ pꜣ nty-ı͗w=f r hn=f
x+14 mtw=f ı͗r pꜣ ꜥnḫ n ı͗bd 2 pr.t sw ꜥrqy
x+15 mtw Ṯꜣy-n.ı͗m=w ı͗r n=f ꜥnḫ ///
x+16 n H̱nm ı͗.ı͗r s:ꜥnḫ ḏd ı͗.ı͗r=y šm pꜣ-bnr
x+17 n Yb ı͗w mn-mtw=k hn n ḫbr
x+18 ı͗.ı͗r-n=y (...) n ḏı͗.t n=k nkt ı͗w=f (r) ḫpr n=y n-bnr mn
x+19 sg md(.t n) ꜥḏe n pꜣ ꜥnḫ

1 Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54.
x+1 He should take an oath before Satis, the Great, mistress of Elephantine:
x+2 ‘Those are the 20½ (artabas) emmer which were given into the hand of Samaus.
x+3 He has not given to me emmer therefrom except those to which he will agree.’
x+4 And Samaus shall take a vow(?) to him for the amounts of emmer.
x+5 He shall take an oath [[///]]: ‘The birds
x+6 which are in the stable(?) of Chnoum among the geese and
x+7 which are (split) between me and Samaus: I have not taken away any
x+8 bird from them. I have not caused (a bird) to be taken away except that to which he
x+9 will agree.’ He shall take an oath: ‘The amounts of emmer which were given
x+10 for the geese feeding of the geese of Samaus into my hand:
x+11 I have not taken away emmer therefrom. I have not caused to be taken away
x+12 emmer from the emmer, which was being intended(?) for the food of the geese and the fowl
x+13 of the divine offering, except of that emmer to which we will agree.
x+14 And he shall take the oath at the 30th of Mecheir.’
x+15 And Samaus shall take an oath for him [[///]]
x+16 of Chnoum-the-breadwinner: ‘If I leave
x+17 Elephantine without you having a partnership agreement
x+18 with me (...) to give a thing to you which occurred for me outside. There is no
x+19 fraud and falsehood within the oath.’
Places (read out from edition)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    2055 man Samaus ṮꜢy-n.ỉm=w pre-Coptic Egyptian



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







    DatasetID 100335
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 45696
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100335 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15514), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.