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Pap. Berlin P. 23662

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23662
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) 36 mm | 82 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Consists of two not joining fragments. Fragment a: 36 x 164 mm. Fragment b: 71 x 82 mm. Entire papyrus: Upper and lower edges damaged.
Mounting framed under glass

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) perpendicular (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Middle part of lines1-2, beginning of line 2, and the total of line 3 lost.
Script, Primary Early to Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic - Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, relativ sorgfältige früh- bis mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. With small lateral margins as well as medium upper and lower margins.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 2[+1] 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 1557 0
Column Height (in mm) 25 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 155+y+7 x 25+y 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter of unclear content
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Esyris to Espmetis. Detailed content unclear due to the fragmentary condition.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures

1ḫrw Ns-ḥr m-bꜣḥ wṯs-Rꜥ Ns-pꜣ-mtr pꜣ mr-šn ı͗ ḏı͗ Pꜣ-Rꜥ qy pꜣy=f ꜥḥꜥ ꜥḥꜥ=y ı͗-ı͗r-ḥr=k my ı͗r=w n=y tꜣ
2 mtw=k wḫꜣ st ı͗-ı͗r

1Voice of Esyris [_] before the carrier-of-Ra, Espmetis, the lesonis. Oh may Pre [cause his lifetime to be long!] I have [appeared] before you. Let to be done for me the
2⸢.?.⸣ [///] And you may request it
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
865 man Espmetis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer (carrier-of-Ra and lesonis) Ns-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ Ns-pꜢ-nty-(n-)ḥ.t-nṯr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Late period - Early Ptolemaic dynasty -664 BCE -222 BCE ;







DatasetID 100399
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46644
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100399 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23662), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.