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Pap. Berlin P. 13620

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13620
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) 345 mm | 73 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Damage of the lateral edges in the upper part. On the verse a small vertical strip was teared off for the wrapping of the entire roll.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Continuous vertical sheet join (kollesis) (1,5 cm).

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) Line beginnings and endings in the upper part damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, nicht besonders sorgfältige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift, anfangs sehr klein, später größer werdend." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Recto: Narrow line pitch, getting broader to the end with larger signs. The text covers nearly the entire surface of the sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small upper one. Verso: Narrow line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper half of the surface of the sheet, without lateral margins, but with a broad upper margin. The lower half remains uninscribed except for the address line in the very lower part.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 32 14+1 (address)
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 70,65
Column Height (in mm) 315,155
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 70 x 315 65 x 155


Text Content

Modern Title letter concerning an oath taken by a woman
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Hartophnachthes, son of Snebonychos, to Eschnompmetis concerning an oath taken by a woman. The addressee was requested not to swear an oath at his whereabouts. Partly hardly understandable.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender - Activity of woman: person who took an oath
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
9890 man Eschnoumpmetis, son of Snebonychos (carrier of Ra, Vorsteher der heiligen Binden) alle zusammenfügen. cf. 8066, wohl nicht derselbe! Ns-H̱nm-pꜢ-mtr sꜣ Ns-pꜣ-nb-ꜥnḫ pre-Coptic Egyptian
10080 man Pa-ir-dit (P. 13620) Pa-ỉr-ḏỉ.t pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) Payni 27 -332 BCE -222 BCE Dating by palaeography.;



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DatasetID 100447
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46492
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100447 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13620), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.