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Pap. Berlin P. 15610

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15610
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, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 241 mm | 58 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in an extent of about 5 cm. Left edge throughout damaged, some larger holes in the sheet. Original height of the papyrus 29 cm.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpest. On the verso there are traces of an anterior text. Papyrus fractured after inventory. New arrangement by Zauzich in 1967, some parts of the originally preserved text detected as beeing lost.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto) and perpendicular (verso)
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. Some holes with minor text losses. At the time of inventarisation, 29 lines were preserved, after 1945 the upper 6 lines were lost.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, ungleichmäßige 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 sheet, without margins at the sides and at the bottom. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper half of the (preserved) sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small upper margin. The lower half remains uninscribed, except for the address line in the lower section.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+[6+]23 11+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 55 55
Column Height (in mm) 235 116
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 55 x 235 55 x 116


Text Content

Modern Title letter preseumably concerning a field
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Fragment of a letter preseumably concerning a field
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)




RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 01 Fourth Month of ? 20 -332 BCE -222 BCE Dating by palaeography.;



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DatasetID 100363
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46516
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100363 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15610), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.