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Pap. Berlin P. 13571

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13571
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) 180 mm | 445 mm | mm
Rotation around vertical axis (side to side)
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower part is lost in undetermined extent. Some minor breaks along the foldings.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Currently the verso is completely covered except for the column. On the right side a vertical continuous sheet join (kollesis).

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) At the bottom the text is broken off in undetermined extent. Minor holes along the foldings with marginal text losses.
Script, Primary Early Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Relativ deutliche frühdemotische Urkundenschrift, vier eigenhändige Zeugenunterschriften auf dem Verso." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2) Spiegelberg: Similar handwriting in Pap. P. Louvre E 706 from the 4th regnal year of Psametik II. (Malinine, M. / Pirenne, J., Documents juridiques egyptiens (Deuxième série), in: AHDO 5 (1950-1951), 73-74 no. 39)
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. Recto: The right- and left-aligned text shows very broad upper and right margins and a smaller left one. Verso: The block with the witness signature was placed onto the left section of the right half of the sheet. .
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 8+y 4
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 305 70
Column Height (in mm) 120 50
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 305 x 120 70 x 50


Text Content

Modern Title Sale contract regarding a red pregnant plowing cow
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | contract | vertical format
Summary of Content Sale contract between Peteminis, son of Peteharpokrates and his mother Esharpokrates, and Harmais, son of Peteasychis and his Mutter Tahi, regarding the sale of a red pregnant plowing cow. On Verso four autographic witness signatures.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text The provenance of the composition is not fully clear. Erichsen in FS Crum pleads for Elephantine, Zauzich in MDAIK 25 (1969), 228 for Edfou, Zauzich in VOHD 1971 for "Elephantine(?)" with the note "Grabung Rubensohn 1906/07".
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ḥsb.t 5 ı͗bd 2 ꜣḫ.t n pr-ꜥꜣ Psmṯk ꜥnḫ wḏꜣ snb ḏd ı͗ꜣky bꜣk n pr-ꜥꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Mn sꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ḥr-pꜣ-ẖrd mw.t=f Ns-Ḥr-pꜣ-ẖrd n
2 bsnṱ-bnpy Ḥr-m-ḥb sꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-ꜥšꜣ-ı͗ḫy mw.t=f Ta-hy ḏı͗=k mtr ḥꜣ.ṱ=y n ḥḏ n tꜣy=(y) ı͗ḥ(.t)
3s:ḥm.t dšr skꜣ bk nty ı͗ꜣb (n) pꜣ ı͗ꜣb (n) ꜣs.t nty-ı͗w=w ḏd n=s rn n ı͗ḥ(.t) Ta-pꜣ-wtn tꜣ šr(.t) n tꜣy=(y) ı͗ḥ(.t) nmḥ r.
4 ms=w n pꜣy=(y) ı͗hy ḏı͗=y s n=k r-bnr r-dbꜣ ḥḏ ḏı͗=k n=y pꜣy=s ḥḏ šsp=y s n-ḏr.ṱ=k ḥꜣ.ṱ=y mtr .w
5n.ı͗m=f mtw=k s tꜣy=k ı͗ḥ(.t) s:ḥm.t tꜣy (n)-ṯꜣy pꜣ-hrw r-ḥry ḥnꜥ nꜣy=s ẖrd.ṱ.w nty-ı͗w=s r ms.ṱ=w n pꜣy=k ı͗hy bn-ı͗w rḫ
6rmṯ nb n pꜣ tꜣ (n-)ṯꜣy ı͗t mw.t sn sn.t šr šr.t ı͗nk ḥ(ꜥ=y) myt.t ı͗r-sḫy n.ı͗m=s pꜣy=k bnr pꜣ nty-ı͗w=f r ı͗y r.r=k r-dbꜣ.ṱ=s r
7 ṯꜣy.ṱ=s mtw=k ḏd bn mtw=k s ı͗n (n-)rn=(y) (n-)rn rmṯ nb n pꜣ tꜣ ı͗w=y r ḏı͗.t wy=f r.r=k n.ı͗m=s ı͗w=y tm ḏı͗.t wy=f r.r=k n.ı͗m=s
8ı͗w=y r ḏı͗.t n=k ı͗ḥ(.t) s:ḥm.t dšr.t skꜣ bk r pꜣy=s smt n ı͗ḥ(.t) r-dbꜣ.ṱ=s n pꜣ ssw n ṯꜣy.ṱ=s mtw=k nty-ı͗w=w r ı͗r=f ı͗w=y
vso 1Ns-Mn sꜣ Wsı͗r-Wr
vso 2Ḥr sꜣ I͗r.t-rḏ
vso 3Pꜣ-ḏı͗ꜣ s.t sꜣ Ḥr
vso 4Wꜣḥı͗b-Rꜥ sꜣ ꜥnḫ-pꜣ-ẖrd
15th regnal year, Paophi, of Pharaoh Psammetich LPH. Thus has spoken the stonemason and servant of Pharaoh Peteminis, son of Peteharpochrates and his mother Esharpochrates, to the
2blacksmith Harmais, son of Peteasychis and his mother Tahi: You have satisfied my heart with the amount of money for (my)
3red pregnant plowing cow which is branded with the brand of Isis and which is called by the cow name Ta-pa-uten, the daughter of (my) private cow,
4which was born in (my) corral. I have sold her to you for an amount of money. You have given me the money for her I have received it from your hand. My heart is satisfied
5with it. She belongs to you (now). She is your cow from today onward together with her calf which she shall bear in your corral. No
6man in the world, from father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, even myself, shall be enabled to wield power over her except you. As for the one who shall come to you in regard to her in order
7to take her from you saying: ‘She does not belong to you!’ (in) (my) name or (in) the name of any other man in the world, I will cause him to withdraw from you in regard to her. If I fail to cause him to withdraw from you in regard to her,
8I shall give you a similar red and pregnant plowing cow in exchange for her on the day when one might take her from you, while I
vso 1Esminis, son of Osoroeris.
vso 2Horos, son of Iret-redj.
so 3Peteesis, son of Horos.
vso 4Oaphres, son of Chapochrates.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
9450 man Esminis, son of Osoroeris Ns-Mn sꜢ Wsỉr-wr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Psametik II 05 Phaophi -591 February 11 BCE -591 March 12 BCE Zauzich, Cruz-Uribe.;







DatasetID 100423
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 45685
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100423 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13571), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.