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Pap. Berlin P. 15529

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15529
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned

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, dark
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 201 mm | 70 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent. The left edge is damaged. On the recto the small strip is detectable which was teared off for the wrapping of the entire roll.
Mounting framed under glass

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (verso) and perpendicular (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Upper part (recto) resp. lower part (verso) broken off in undetermined extent. Line beginnings damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, nicht besonders sorgfältige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small lower margin. Verso: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small upper margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+16 16+y
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 60 60
Column Height (in mm) 190 190+y
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 60 x x+190 60 x 190+y


Text Content

Modern Title Letter concerning food distribution for a holy falcon.
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Hardly understandable. The letter seems to focus on distribution of food to the 2nd phyle for the feeding of a holy falcon.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text "Es scheint zuerst die Seite mit den senkrechten Fasern beschrieben worden zu sein. Das ist sonst nur bei Querformatbriefen der Fall." (Zauzich, VOHD XIX,2)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
10275 man Pa-sety Pa-sty pre-Coptic Egyptian
10285 man Potemetous (P. 15529) PꜢ-wḏꜢ-mtw=s pre-Coptic Egyptian
10280 man Teos (P. 15529) Ḏd-Ḥr pre-Coptic Egyptian



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







DatasetID 100360
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46510
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100360 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15529), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.