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Pap. Berlin P. 23647

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23647
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory Possibly joining: Pap. Berlin P. 23647 + Pap. Berlin P. 23648.
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) 79 mm | 76 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The left part, and possibly also the lower part, are broken off in undetermined extent. Horizontal and vertical breaks with loss of material.
Mounting framed under glass

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) Upper and lower part as well as all line beginnings broken off in undetermined extent, likewise all line endings. Some holes with text losses. Partly faded.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Auffallend kleine, relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Right-aligned text with medium right and upper margins.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+7+y 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 65 0
Column Height (in mm) 60
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance x+66 x x+60+y 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter possibly regarding a payment of money
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Hor-?- , son of Harchebis, possibly regarding a payment of money. The sender mentions his arrival at a certain place.
Location of Composition unknown (in Lower Egypt) Lower Egypt Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Comments on Text The ductus of Pap. Berlin P. 23647 and P. 23648 not usual in Elephantine. The text was presumably written in Lower Egypt (Zauzich in 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
8090 not applicable (no further persons mentioned) (no further persons mentỈoned) (none)



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty Mesore -332 BCE -30 BCE ;







DatasetID 100393
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46636
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100393 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23647), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.