Home Project Search Objects Places Persons & Deities  

Search in Objects

(submit with enter)


Pap. Berlin P. 13553

TEI-XML-File: https://p612399.webspaceconfig.de/xml/elephantine_erc_db_100468.tei.xml



Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13553
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 (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, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 197 mm | 92 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The right third of the sheet very holey, larger losses in the upper section. Still detectable is the part where a vertical strip was teared off for the wrapping of the entire roll, without loss of script. A photo prior to 1939 shows the first wo lines undamaged. Therefore the today existing hole between theses lines must have been occurred later.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object One continuous vertical sheet join (kollesis) at the right part (0,9 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) Today loss of the first two line endings, still existing on a photo prior to 1945. Several line beginings damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, doch relativ deutlicher mittteldemotische Gescäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire surface of the sheet, without lateral margins, but broader ones on top and at the bottom. Verso: The text is placed onto the upper two-thirds of the surface of the potsherd, without lateral margins, but with a broader one on top. The address is placed onto the otherwise uninscribed lower part.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 14 11+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 85,85
Column Height (in mm) 170,125
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 85 x 170 85 x 125


Text Content

Modern Title letter presumably reporting dispute on land lease
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Thoteus OR Thotirdis, to Snebonychos. Presumbaly report on dispute concerning distribution and lease of cultivated land.
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
9905 man Snebonychos ( P. 13553) Ns-pꜣ-nb-Ꜥnḫ pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 07 Third Month of ? 22 -332 BCE -222 BCE Dating by palaeography. Internal dating, without name of the ruler.;



Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright




DatasetID 100468
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46479
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100468 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13553), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.