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Pap. Berlin P. 15515

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15515
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 | 85 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper par tis broken off in undetermined extent. Damages at the left edge, two larger holes.
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 broken off in undetermined extent. Line endings of the upper part lost.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, auffallend große mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire sheet, with a small and equal right margin, and a very broad lower one.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+17 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 85 0
Column Height (in mm) 240 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 85 x x+240 0


Text Content

Modern Title Letter of the nome administation concerning distribution of emmer and its clearing
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | account
Summary of Content Letter of the nome administation to the Chnoum temple on Elephantine. Arrangements concerning the distribution of emmer and its clearing. The sender should receive 5 artabas emmer per day for the fowl feeding. Request of issuance of receipts for emmer deliveries to the priests of Isis of Philae and of Haroeris.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 (n-)ṯꜣy ḥsb.t 18 ı͗bd 2 pr.t
x+2 n sẖ he n bd n ḫy
x+3 pꜣ ı͗p nꜣ bd.w n ẖy st
x+4 ı͗r-rḫ pꜣ ḫpr bn-ı͗w=w rḫ
x+5 tm ḏı͗.t s r nꜣ wnm sre.w
x+6 nꜣ wnm ẖpn my wḏꜣ n=k
x+7 pꜣ sp r ı͗r pꜣy=w tš hb=w
x+8 n Pꜣ-wḏꜣ-mtw=s pꜣ sḥn pr-ꜥꜣ
x+9 r tm ḏı͗.t n=ṯn bd m-sꜣ bd 5
x+10 ẖr-hrw nꜣ bd.w r.ḏı͗=w (n) nꜣ wꜥb.w n ꜣs.t
x+11 Pr-(ı͗w-)rq ı͗rm (n) nꜣ wꜥb.w n Ḥr-wr
x+12 ı͗rm pꜣ sp bd
x+13 r.rḫ=w n=ṯn my ḏı͗=w
x+14 ı͗r=w ı͗w (n) pꜣ ssw pꜣy dwꜣ
x+15 bn-ı͗w=n wrr 1Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54. r Yb
x+16 sẖ Nḫt.ṱ-mn sꜣ Sbk-ḥtp n ḥsb.t 18
x+17 ı͗bd 2 pr.t sw 18

1 Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54.
x+1 from the 18th regnal year, [///]th Mecheir onwards
x+2 to note the freight costs of the measured emmer.
x+3 Concerning the reckoning of the measured amounts of emmer
x+4 one knows that
x+5 one will be bound to give it (scil. the emmer) for the [geese] feedings
x+6 and the duck feedings. Thus may remain for you
x+7 the rest(?) to pay their rates. [It] was sent
x+8 to Potemetous, the steward of Pharaoh,
x+9 not to give you any emmer exept 5 (artabas) emmer
x+10 daily. The amounts of emmer which were given (to) the wab priests of Isis
x+11 from Philae and (to) the wab priests of Haroeris,
x+12 together with the remaining emmer
x+13 which was awarded: It should be caused
x+14 to issue a receipt about it at the time of this morning(?). 1Translating according to Zauzich.
x+15 We will take ourselves immediately to Elephantine.
x+16 Written by Nechtminis, son of Sochotes, in the 18th regnal year,
x+17 18th of Mecheir.

1 Translating according to Zauzich.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Pr-(ı͗w-)rq (places.xml#s15)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    1605 man Potemetous (P. 15515) PꜢ-wḏꜢ-mtw=s pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 18 Mecheir 18 -332 BCE -222 BCE Dating by palaeography;







    DatasetID 100353
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46454
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100353 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15515), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.