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Pap. Berlin P. 23681

TEI-XML-File: https://p612399.webspaceconfig.de/xml/elephantine_erc_db_100507.tei.xml



Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23681
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory joining: Pap. Berlin P. 13634 + Pap. Berlin P. 23681a-b
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) 30 mm | 40 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Two small fragments from the lost upper edge of Pap. Berlin P. 13634. Fragment a: 45 x 30 mm. Fragment b: 40 x 40 mm. Measurements of the entire papyrus: 166 x 333 mm.
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) The upper part as well as the line endings (recto and verso) are lost. Within the lost upper part, the fragments Pap. Berlin P. 23681 a/b can be located..
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Auffällig große, steile mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift mit charakteristischem Duktus (Hervorhebung der Vertikalstriche, leicht nach vorne geneigt)." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. Recto: The right-aligned text covers nearly the entire sheet, with small upper and right margins. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper half of the sheet, with small upper and right margins. In the otherwise uninscribed lower part the address line was placed only.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 2+y+9 4+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 320 320+y
Column Height (in mm) 110 50
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 320+y x x+110 320+y x 50


Text Content

Modern Title letter requesting allocation of different things and income ot the Anoukis priest office
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Psintaes, son of Es-Onuris-neb-Scha, to the scribes of the Chnoum temple. He requests the allocation of several things as well as the non monetary income of the Anoukis priests office (belonging to the sender), to Snebonychos as soon as he will visit the addressee.
Location of Composition Memphis Lower Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1 ḫrw bꜣk Pꜣ-šr-(n-)tꜣ-ı͗ḥ.t sꜣ Ns-I͗n-ḥr-nb-šꜥ m-bꜣḥ nꜣ sẖ.w ı͗ ḏı͗ Pꜣ-Rꜥ q(y) pꜣy=w ꜥḥꜥ ı͗r=y
x+3 Ns-pꜣ-nty-n-ḥ.t-nṯr ı͗n=w s
x+4 rn n nꜣy ssw my ḥn=w s r ḏı͗.t pš=w st n Ns-nb-ꜥnḫ n tꜣ nty ı͗w=f r ı͗y n.ı͗m=s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr=ṯn mtw=w ḥn=s (r-)dbꜣ nꜣ šḏı͗.w n tꜣy=(y) ı͗ꜣw.t ḥm-nṯr (n) ꜥnq
x+5 r ḏı͗.t ḏı͗=w st r-ḏr.t.ṱ=f n nꜣy ssw.w hb=w n=ṯn n.ı͗m=s n šꜥ.t ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ ꜥn hb=w n.ı͗m=s n pꜣ mr-šn ı͗rm nꜣ wꜥb.w hb=w n=ṯn
x+6 ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ (r-)dbꜣ nꜣ wt n pꜣ s:ꜥnḫ rn=f nty n pꜣ ky ḏmꜥ ḏd my ı͗n=w st r-bw-nꜣy my ḥn=w s r ḏı͗.t ı͗n=w st r-ẖ-n
x+7 pꜣy hb=w n=ṯm n.ı͗m=s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ hb=w n.ı͗m=s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ (n) Ns-pꜣ-mtr pꜣ ḥry n pꜣ mšꜥ ı͗rm nꜣ wꜥb.w pꜣ mr-šn ḥn=w s ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr
x+8 pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ n Ns-H̱nm-pꜣ-mtr sꜣ Pꜣ-s-n-mṯk pꜣ sẖ H̱nm ı͗.ı͗r ı͗y r-bw-nꜣy ı͗rm nꜣ wꜥb.w (r-)dbꜣ nꜣ bd.t pꜣ ı͗rp pꜣ (sp) nkt nty ı͗w=w ḏı͗.t s m-bꜣḥ ꜥnq(.t) (n)
x+9 ḥ.t-nṯr n Yb r ḏı͗.t sẖ=w st r-ḏr.t.ṱ=y ḥr nꜣ ḏmꜥ.w n ḥ.t-nṯr sẖ=w st ḥr nꜣ ḏmꜥ.w n ḥsb.t 2.t r.ı͗n=w ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ n ḥsb.t 3.t sẖ=w
x+10 ḥr pꜣ nbnb n ḥsb.t 3.t ꜥn sẖ=w st ḥr nꜣ ḥn.w r.ı͗r=w ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ r ı͗n.ṱ=w r ḥ.t-nṯr n Yb ḏd my ı͗r=w r-ẖ.t.ṱ=w ḥn =w s
x+11 ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ ꜥn ḏd my šn=w r pꜣ ky ḏmꜥ n H̱nm nꜣ bd.t pꜣ ı͗rp pꜣ ı͗wf nꜣ ı͗pd.w pꜣ sp nkt nty-ı͗w=w r gm.ṱ=w ı͗w=w
Vso 1 r ḏı͗.t st m-bꜣḥ ꜥnq(.t) n tꜣ šr.t 2.t ꜥnq(.t) r ḏı͗.t ḏı͗=w st r-ḏr.t pꜣy=(y) rd sẖ=w st ḥr nꜣ ḥn.w r.ı͗n=w n=ṯn ꜥn nꜣ.w nty-ı͗w=y hb n.ı͗m=w
Vso 2 ı͗.ı͗r=w ḫpr ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr nꜣ wꜥb.w ı͗.ı͗r ı͗y r Mn-nfr ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ my ḥn=w s r ḏı͗.t ı͗r=w r-ẖ.t.ṱ=w mtw=w ḥn s r hb n=y n pꜣ nty-ı͗w=w r ı͗r=f mtw=w
Vso 3 ḥn=s n Ns-H̱nm-pꜣ-mtr sꜣ Pꜣ-s-n-mṯk ꜥn (r-)dbꜣ nꜣ wt r.hb=w ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ ꜥn ḏd my ı͗n=w st r-bw-nꜣy sẖ Pꜣ-šr-(n-)tꜣ-ı͗ḥ.t sꜣ
Vso 4 Ns-In-ḥr-nb-šꜥ n ḥsb.t 3.t ı͗bd 1 pr.t sw 5
Vso 5 ḫrw bꜣk Pꜣ-šr-(n-)tꜣ-ı͗ḥ.t sꜣ Ns-In-ḥr-nb-šꜥ m-bꜣḥ nꜣ sẖ.w
Places (read out from edition)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)
  • Mn-nfr (places.xml#s14)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    785 man Eschnoumpmetis, son of Psammetichos Ns-H̱nm-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ PꜢ-s-n-mṯk pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 03 Tybi 05 -332 BCE -222 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler Dating by palaeography ;







    DatasetID 100507
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46452
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100507 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23681), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.