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Pap. Berlin P. 15628

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15628
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: medium
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
Certainty: medium
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) 205 mm | 75 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent. In the upper left section some minor, vertical stringed holes from the sealing.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On recto and verso traces of an anterior text.

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 "Flüchtige, jedoch relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text covers the upper half of the preserved sheet, with small and inequal lateral margins.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+8 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 70 0
Column Height (in mm) 105 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 70 x x+105 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter with unclear requests and promise to arrest persons
Ancient Archives (Uncertain)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter with unclear requests to the addressee, and a promise to arrest certain persons after their seizure.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr=k ı͗w=y ḥq n.ı͗m=w
x+2 ḏı͗=y ꜣtp r-ẖn
x+3 mn-mtw=y šr r ḏı͗.t n=y ꜥq
x+4 m-sꜣ pꜣ ḫm-ẖr m-ı͗r ḏı͗.t
x+5 ṯꜣy.ṱ=w nꜣy=w ḫm srg.w(?)
x+6 n-ḏr.t Pa-ḥ.t-nṯr my ı͗r=w
x+7 pꜣy=w šn my ḏı͗=w n=y md.t ꜥꜣ.t
x+8 m-šs tꜣy sẖ (n) ḥsb.t 3.t ı͗bd 4 pr.t sw 11
x+1 [///] to you, when I catch them.
x+2 I am in a dilemma!
x+3 I have no son to bring me bread
x+4 except for the servant. Do not let
x+5 their little ..?.. to be removed
x+6 from Pa-hetnetjer! One may
x+7 ask after them! It should be given to me (their answer?). It is a very important matter.
x+8 Written (in) the 3rd regnal year, 11th of Pharmuthi.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
1430 man Pa-hetnetjer (P. 15628) Pa-ḥ.t-nṯr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 03 Pharmuthi 11 -332 BCE -222 BCE ;







DatasetID 100354
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46459
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100354 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15628), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.