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Pap. Berlin P. 15615

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15615
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory Joining: Pap. Berlin P. 15615 + Pap. Berlin P. 23670.
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) 70 mm | 300 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Gap between the two parts of P. 15615 filled without direct joints by P. 23670.
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 (verso) and perpendicular (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Two vertical stripes between the three fragments lost, some holes with minor text damages.
Script, Primary Early to Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic - Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, flüchtige früh- bis mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire sheet, without margins. Verso: Address line plaed onto the lower middle section.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 7 1
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 10,5414 0
Column Height (in mm) 65 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 10,5+x+4+y+14 x 65 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter concerning cows, sesame and grain
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Espmetis, son of Nehemesra, to Espmetsepsis concerning ten cows, sesame and grain.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
10310 man Eschnoumpmetis (P. 15615) Ns-H̱nm-mtr pre-Coptic Egyptian
10295 man Espmetsepsis (P. 15615) Ns-pꜢ-mtr-šps pre-Coptic Egyptian
10305 man Espmetsepsis (P. 15615, second person) Ns-pꜢ-mtr-šps pre-Coptic Egyptian
10300 man Pachnoumis, son of Psammetichos Pa-H̱nm sꜢ PꜢ-s-n-mṯk pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 02 Pharmuthi 09 -332 BCE -222 BCE Dating by palaeography. Internal dating, without name of the ruler.;



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DatasetID 100442
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46520
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100442 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15615), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.