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Pap. Berlin P. 15642

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15642
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 / 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) 75 mm | 64 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The right part is broken off at about ⅓ of the original width. The lower part is broken off in undetermined extent.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object According to the inventory "Abschrift und Deutung von W. Erichsen" existing.

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) All line beginnings at about ⅓ lost. The lower part is broken off in undetermined extent.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Sehr saubere, sorgfältige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Recto: The text shows a very broad upper and a small left margin. Verso: Both address lines are preserved in the upper part.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4+y 2
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 55 0
Column Height (in mm) 45 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance x+55 x 45+y 0


Text Content

Modern Title fragment of a letter to the priests of Chnoum
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of [///], son of Pachnumis, to the priests of Chnoum. The content is lost.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ḫrw NN sꜣ Pa-H̱nm m-bꜣḥ nꜣ wꜥb.w n H̱nm
2ı͗ ḏı͗ Pꜣ-Rꜥ qy pꜣy=w nꜣy=w 1Instead of the expected nꜣy=w. Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54. ꜥhꜥ
3ḫpr /// dwꜣ ꜥḥꜥ=y ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr
4/// ḏd=y n=f md(.t) nb(.t) pꜣy=ṯn ꜥš-sḥn

1 Instead of the expected nꜣy=w. Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 54.
vso 1ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr
vso 2nꜣ wꜥb.w (n) H̱nm
1[Voice of NN, son] of Pachnoumis before the wab priests [of Chnoum].
2[Oh] may Pre cause his their lifetime to be long!
3[/// In] the morning I have appeared before
4[/// I have spoken] to him all words of your order. Vso 1| To Vso 2| the wab priests of Chnoum.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
85 man priests of Chnoum of Elephantine prỈests of Chnum of ElephantỈne pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) -332 BCE -222 BCE ;







DatasetID 100436
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46463
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100436 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15642), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.