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Pap. Berlin P. 15808

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15808
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1967)
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site unknown () [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District unknown () [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery (unknown)
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) (unknown)
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt unknown
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt unknown () [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution (unknown)
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 0 and 0
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (unknown)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 99 mm | 93 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower part is broken off in undetermined extent. Several breaks as well as a larger holes, lateral edges damaged. On the entire sheet vertical breaks in narrow intervals.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. Traces of an anterior text.

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) Recto: Lower part broken off in undetermined extent. Some breaks and holes with text losses. Line beginnings and endings slightly damages. Verso: All line beginnings broken off in undetermined extent.
Script, Primary Early to Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic - Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, kleine, etwas klecksige früh- bis mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, without lateral margins and a small upper margin. Verso: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, rotated by 90 ° with respect to the Recto. With small upper and lower margins.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 10+y 9
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 90 x+100
Column Height (in mm) 90 75
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 90 x 90+y x+100 x 75


Text Content

Modern Title letter with expression of worry about a man to whom contact was lost
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Espmetis, son of Teos, to Pchorchonsis. He is worried about a certain Peteese from whom he had not heard anything after his departure to the south. Mentioning of the Assyrians.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
10380 man Psorchonsis Pꜣ-ẖr-Ḫnsw pre-Coptic Egyptian
14050 Vahazdata ויזדת Aramaic, Imperial



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Late period or Early Ptolemaic period 02 -664 BCE -222 BCE Dating by palaeography. ;



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DatasetID 100512
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46555
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100512 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15808), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.