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Pap. Berlin P. 13536

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13536
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1958)
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 (excavation director)
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 1906
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, dark
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 820 mm | 269 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Several small breaks and holes, especially along the horizontal foldings. Lateral edges damaged.
Mounting framed under glass
Restoration Activities Restaurierung abgeschlossen

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) Faded on the verso.
Script, Primary Early Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, schwungvolle und gut lesbare frühdemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Very wide line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire surface of the papyrus, without lateral margins. Both on top and bottom a broad margin. Verso: The main text is placed onto the upper third of the surface, without lateral margins. The address is placed onto the lower third.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 2+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 270 270
Column Height (in mm) 50 20
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 270 x 50 270 x 20


Text Content

Modern Title letter of accusation
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Chonompres to the Chnoum priests in Elephantine, the lesonis and the temple scribes, written by a certain Petobastis. Accusation of the addressees that they have not visited a certain official in Sais, although they were requested to do this. Request to transmit the account rolls of the temple domain for the 22nd to 24th regnal years.
Location of Composition Sais Lower Egypt, 5th nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1H̱nm-ı͗b-Rꜥ sm r nꜣ wꜥb.w (n) H̱nm n Yb pꜣ mr-šn nꜣ sẖ.w ḥ.t-nṯr ı͗ ḏı͗ Nı͗.t q(y) pꜣy=w ꜥḥꜥ hb=y n=ṯn tꜣ ḥꜣ.t ḏd hb=w n=y
2ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr n pꜣ ẖry-ḥb ḥry-tp ḏd my ı͗n=w nꜣ wꜥb.w (n) H̱nm pꜣ mr-šn nꜣ sẖ.w ḥ.t-nṯr r pꜣ ꜥ.wy nty ı͗w=(y) n.ı͗m=f n wꜥ hrw ẖn hrw 10
3(n) ṯꜣy ḥsb.t 24 ı͗bd 2 pr.t sw 16 bn-pw=ṯn ı͗y (r) Dbꜣ r pꜣ ꜥ.wy nty ı͗w pꜣ ẖry-ḥb ḥry-tp n.ı͗m=f šꜥ pꜣ hrw ı͗n-nꜣ.w tꜣy šꜥ.t
4pḥ r-ḥr=ṯn ı͗mn r pꜣ ꜥ.wy nty ı͗w(=y) n.ı͗m=f ı͗w pꜣ šn ḥ.t-nṯr sẖ n-ḏr.t=ṯn ḏmꜥ 3 ı͗rm pꜣ ı͗p n pꜣ ḥtp-nṯr H̱nm
vso1n ḥsb.t 22 ḥsb.t 23 ḥsb.t 24 mtw=ṯn šm r pꜣ ꜥ.wy nty ı͗w pꜣ ẖry-ḥb ḥry-tp n.ı͗m=f m-ı͗r dı͗.t sny pꜣ ss-hrw r.hb=w n=y n.ı͗m=f
vso2ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr-n pꜣ ẖry-ḥb ḥry-tp sẖ Pꜣ-r.ḏı͗-Bꜣst.t n ḥsb.t 24 ı͗bd 3 pr.t sw 6
vso3H̱nm-ı͗b-Rꜥ sm r nꜣ wꜥb.w H̱nm Yb pꜣ mr-šn nꜣ sẖ.w ḥ.t-nṯr Yb
1Chonompres greets the wab priests of Chnoum from Elephantine, the lesonis (and) the temple scribes. Oh may Neith cause their lifetime to be long! I had sent to you earlier that I was sent to
2by the chief lector: Thus the wab priests of Chnoum, the lesonis, (and) the temple scribes should be brought into that house which I am residing, on a day within ten days,
3beginning from the 24th regnal year, 16th of Mecheir. You did not come (to) Edfu into the house in which the chief lector is residing until today! [_] Once this letter
4reaches you, come to the house in which I am residing, with the revision of the temple in written form in your hands, three rolls together with the account of the offering donation of Chnoum
vso1for the 22nd, the 23rd and the 24th regnal year! [_] And go to the house in which the chief lector is residing! Do not let the appointed day that was sent to me by the chief lector elapse
vso2by the chief lector! [_] Written by Petobastis in the 24th regnal year, 6th of Phamenoth.
vso3(Chonompres) greets the wab priests of Chnoum of Elephantine, the lesonis (and) the temple scribes of Elephantine.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)
  • (places.xml#s29)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    710 man Chonompres H̱nm-ỉb-RꜤ pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Darius I 24 Phamenoth 06 -498 June 24 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;







    DatasetID 100420
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46441
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100420 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13536), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.