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Pap. Berlin P. 13566

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13566
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 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, dark
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 338 mm | 61 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation On the upper and lower right parts a nearly rectangular hole each. In the upper third some minor holes.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. Traces of an anterior text in Demotic visible on recto and verso each.

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) Loss of the beginning of the first two lines on the recto. Some holes with minor text losses. First line of verso damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, aber relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire sheet, without lateral and upper margins. At the bottom a small part remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 28 2
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 55 25+y
Column Height (in mm) 315 35
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 55 x 315 25+y x 35


Text Content

Modern Title letter concerning a request to delegate a person to Alexandria
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Chnoummachis, son of Espmetsepsis, to Eschnompmetis, focusing on a meeting of the sender with the chief of the Southern Land concerning offerings for Chnoum because of lack of emmer. Request to delegate the pastophor to Alexandria, to deliver the stick bouquet ("Stabstrauß") of the chief of Thebes and the Chnoum priest to the king on the occasion of the annual victory celebration of the battle of Raphia.
Location of Composition Apollonopolis Parva (Qus) /Dio- kletianou polis Upper Egypt, 11th nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ḫrw H̱nm-m-ꜣḫ.t sꜣ Ns-pꜣ-mtr-šps
2m-bꜣḥ wṯs-Rꜥ Ns-H̱nm-pꜣ-mtr
3pꜣ ḥm-nṯr Ḥꜥpı͗ ı͗ ḏı͗ Pꜣ-Rꜥ
4q(y) pꜣy=f ꜥḥꜥ pḥ=y r pꜣ tš
5Snı͗͗ 1For transcription and translations cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53. ꜥḥꜥ=y ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr
6pa Tꜣ-št-rsy (r-)dbꜣ
7pꜣ fy m-bꜣḥ H̱nm
8ḏd=y s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr=f (r-)dbꜣ
9bd.t sp-2 ḏd=f n=y ı͗w=y r ḏı͗.t
10pḥ pꜣ ḥry N.t r pꜣ mḥṱ
11⸢ı͗w⸣=y sṯꜣ.ṱ=(y) ı͗w=y r ḏı͗.t ḏi=w
12n=k bd.t sp-2 ḫꜣꜥ pꜣy=k
13rd dy bn-ı͗w=y
14ḏı͗.t šrf md(.t) pꜣ fy
15m-bꜣḥ H̱nm ı͗r=y wryr 2According to Vleeming, DBL in A. D. 2007 – 2009 (2010). Reading variant Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 2 (1993): ḥryr. Siehe aber noch Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53.
16ḏd šꜥ.tw=y gm
17nꜣy=f mšꜥ pšn=k
18n md(.t) nb(.t) nty ı͗.ı͗r-n=k
19my ı͗w pꜣ ı͗ry-ꜥꜣ
20nty-ı͗w=f r ṯꜣy pꜣ ꜥnḫ
21pꜣ ḥry N.t n ı͗bd 1 šmw sw 1 ı͗rm nꜣy=f rmṯ.w
22ı͗rm pꜣ ꜥnḫ pꜣ
23ḥm-nṯr H̱nm ı͗rm nꜣy=f rmṯ.w ı͗rm
24nꜣ rmṯ.w-ꜥy.w my ı͗n=w
25nꜣ hb(.w) nꜣ sẖ.w-tš
26hb n=y (n) nꜣ md.w(t) nty ḫpr
27ı͗.ı͗r-n=k n-ḏr.t H̱nm-m-ꜣḫ.t
28n ḥsb.t 6 ı͗bd 4 pr.t sw 25

1 For transcription and translations cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53.
2 According to Vleeming, DBL in A. D. 2007 – 2009 (2010). Reading variant Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 2 (1993): ḥryr. Siehe aber noch Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53.
vso 1ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr Ns-H̱nm-pꜣ-mtr
vso 2pꜣ ḥm-nṯr Ḥpı͗
1[Voice of Chnoummachis], son of Espmetsepsis,
2[before the carrier-of-Ra] Eschnompmetis,
3the priest of Hapi. Oh may Pre cause
4his lifetime to be long! I have reached the nome
5of Esna. I have visited
6the chief of the [Southern Land] concerning
7the offering income before Chnoum.
8I have spoken in front of him concerning
9emmer as emmer. He has said to me: ‘I will cause
10the chief of Thebes to come to the north.
11When I come back, I will cause to be given
12to you emmer as emmer. Let your
13agent stay here! I will not allow
14that something goes wrong with the offering income
15before Chnoum.’ I have hesitated,
16saying 1Cf. also Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53: “so that I might find”. (to me?) : Until I have determined
17his activities, take care
18of all matters being with you!
19Let the Pastophor arrive,
20who shall take [the] wreath
21of the chief of Thebes `at the 1st of Pachons´ and (the wreath) of his staff,
22and the wreath of the
23priest of Chnoum and (the wreath) of his staff and
24(the wreath) of the Great! They may deliver
25the dispatches of the nome scribes!
26Send to me (concerning) the matters happened
27to you! Issued by Chnoummachis
28in the 6th regnal year, 25th of Pharmuti.
vso 1[To] Eschnompmetis,
vso 2the priest of Hapi.

1 Cf. also Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 53: “so that I might find”.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Snı͗ (places.xml#s31)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    720 man Chnoummachis, son of Espmetsepsis H̱nm-m-Ꜣḫ.t sꜢ Ns-pꜢ-mtr-šps pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaios IV Philopator 06 Pharmuthi 25 -216 June 3 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;







    DatasetID 100422
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46447
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100422 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13566), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.