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Pap. Berlin P. 15513

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15513
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) 289 mm | 45 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is lost in undetermined extent. One rotund hole in the upper right part of the preserved sheet. The lower left corner is broken off.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object 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) The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch The text was placed onto the upper two-thirds of the sheet, without lateral margins. The lower one-third remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+17 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 40 0
Column Height (in mm) 190 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 40 x x+190 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter regarding a delivery and wood
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
  • religious | polytheistic Egyptian | oracular inquiry
Summary of Content Letter concerning a delivery and wood in unmentioned context. Short notice of a accident of the sender during a voyage.
Location of Composition Philae Lower Nubia / Wawat Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+0 ı͗n=w n=y?
x+1 pꜣ(y) ṯk sḏm=y md n
x+2 (r-)dbꜣ
x+3 nw=y r.r =f
x+4 ı͗r=f ḏı͗ =y
x+5 ı͗n=w s ḏı͗=y (n)
x+6 yꜥb(y.t) ꜥꜣ.t
x+7 m-šs (n-)ḏr.t wꜥ
x+8 sḫe ḫpr=f
x+9 n.ı͗m=y ẖn
x+10 pꜣ hre pꜣ hrw (n)
x+11 ı͗y ı͗:ı͗r=y r-ẖry
x+12 pꜣ ḫt 1Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54.
x+13 r.hb=k n=y (r-)dbꜣ.ṱ
x+14=f ı͗w=y (r) ı͗r pꜣy
x+15=w rwš ꜥn
x+16 n-ḏr.t (n) ḥsb.t 5.t ı͗bd 4
x+17 ꜣḫ.t sw 2

1 Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54.
x+0 [It was brought to me]
x+1 this letter. [I have heard all words]
x+2 about [///]
x+3 I have seen him.
x+4 He has made … I have caused
x+5 him to be brought. I am
x+6 heavily ill 1Lit."I am in a very huge illness ".
x+7 as a consequence of a
x+8 beating (wound/ stroke?). It happened
x+9 to me on
x+10 a boat on the day
x+11 when I descended.
x+12 The wood
x+13 concerning which you have sent to me:
x+14 I will take
x+15 care of it again.
x+16 Issued (in) the 5th regnal year,
x+17 2nd of Choiak.

1 Lit."I am in a very huge illness ".
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
3560 (unknown) (Unknown [lost]) (Unknown [lost]) (none)



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 05 Choiak 02 -332 BCE -222 BCE Dating by palaeography;







DatasetID 100352
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46453
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100352 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15513), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.