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Pap. Berlin P. 15620

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15620
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1958)
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned

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) 94 mm | 221 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Consists of two parts not directly joining. Left part 130 mm wide, right part 85 mm wide. Between them a gap of about 50 mm width from a strip teared off. The left part is broken off in an extent of about 1,5 cm. Some minor holes in the sheet.
Mounting framed under glass
Restoration Activities Restaurierung abgeschlossen
Comments on Object During an old restauration both parts were mounted directly side by side (VOHD XIX,2, 1971) This was corrected in the meantime. 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 (verso) and perpendicular (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Line endings on recto and verso lost at a length of about 10 mm. In the middle, a vertical strip of about 10 mm lost. First line partially lost. Some holes with minor text damage.
Script, Primary Early to Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic - Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, sorgfältige früh- bis mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift, auf dem Verso etwas flüchtiger werdend." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire sheet, with medium upper and lower margins at a height of about one line, and a small right margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6 6
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 12585 125+x+85
Column Height (in mm) 65 65
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 125+x+85 x 65 125+x+85 x 65


Text Content

Modern Title letter reporting a visit of local authorities in Memphis
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Eschnompmetis, son of Psammetichos, to Snebonychos, reporting his arrival at Memphis for the purpose of a visit of local authorities. Handing over of a stick bouquet ("Stabstrauß") of Chnoum and letters.
Location of Composition Memphis Lower Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
1865 man Psammetichos (P. 15620) PꜢ-s-n-mtk pre-Coptic Egyptian
210 (uncertain) Snebonychos (carrier-of-Ra) Ns-pꜢ-nb-Ꜥnḫ 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 Internal dating, without name of the ruler. Dating by palaeography.;







DatasetID 100438
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46522
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100438 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15620), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.