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Pap. Berlin P. 15801

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15801
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory joining: Pap. Berlin P. 15801 und Pap. Berlin P. 23682 a-b registered as existing during revision (1967)
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 18 12 1906 and 18 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) 171 mm | 125 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Both lateral parts are broken off in undetermined extent. On the right side several vertically stringed holes from the original sealing. Frequent horizontal breaks at the foldings.
Mounting framed under glass

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) All line beginnings and endings broken off. Damages to the script by holes and breaks.
Script, Primary Early to Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic - Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, schwungvolle, klare früh- bis mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Recto: Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, with small upper and lower margins. Verso: Medium line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper third of the sheet, with small upper margin. The lower two-third remain uninscribed except for the address line placed at the lower section.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 14 7+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 125 125
Column Height (in mm) 155 70
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 125 x 155 125 x 70


Text Content

Modern Title letter mentioning a voyage to the north by the pharaoh
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Snebonychos, son of Espneti-hetnetjer, to Espmetis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer. Referenced to a voyage to the north by the pharaoh at the 18th of Tybi. The lesonis had not written to the sender of this letter. The same addressee is also found in Pap. Berlin P. 15614+23667, 23612.
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
865 man Espmetis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer (carrier-of-Ra and lesonis) Ns-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ Ns-pꜢ-nty-(n-)ḥ.t-nṯr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Late period or Early Ptolemaic period Tybi 23 -332 BCE -222 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;







DatasetID 100499
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46549
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100499 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15801), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.