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Pap. Berlin P. 15598

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15598
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
Date of Discovery
Term. Ante / Post Quem Non
between 15 12 1906 and 15 12 1906
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 1906
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 105 mm | 260 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower part and possibly also the right part(?) are broken off in undetermined extent. Some minor holes in the sheet.
Mounting framed under glass
Restoration Activities Restaurierung abgeschlossen
Comments on Object Palimpest. On the recto as well as on verso there are traces of an anterior text, After registration in the museum, parts of the papyrus are lost. According to a photograph from the 1980, the two main fragments of the papyrus were joined incorrectly, the lines of the verso were seen as the lower part of the recto.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Partly faded. At the bottom broken off in undetermined extent. On recto one, on verso two lines lost after 1945.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, doch relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. 1st column on the upper fourth of the sheet, 2nd column rotated by 90° relating to the 1st column. The lower part of the sheet remains uninscribed. The 6th and last line of col 2 is lost today, but counted in the inventory book entry.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6 + 5[+1] 0
Quantity of Columns 2 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 80 0
Column Height (in mm) 80 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 80 x 80 0


Text Content

Modern Title Beginning of a letter, with affixed invoice on jar deliveries
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | account
Summary of Content Beginning of a letter of Eschnoumpmetis, son of Snebonychos. On the left a small sheet of papyrus is affixed (rotated by 90°), with an invoice concerning delivery of jars.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)




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







DatasetID 100478
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46511
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100478 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15598), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.