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Pap. Berlin P. 23555

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23555
Current Location magazine
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 12 2 1906 and 12 2 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) 115 mm | 218 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper and lower right corners are broken off, one larger rectangular hole on the right side.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object On the verso there are detectable faint traces of col. 1 l. 6-7 of the recto.

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) Line beginnings partly broken off in the corners, one hole with text lossses. Partly faded.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Sehr flüchtige und teilweise besonder schwierige spätdemotische Geschäftsschrift verschiedener Hände" (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire sheet. Both columns are right-aligned, with a broad and equal right margin. Line length varying. Verso: The text was placed onto the right half of the sheet, with a broad right margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines Col. I: 12; Col. II: 12+4 9+y
Quantity of Columns 2 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 205 35
Column Height (in mm) 110 90
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 205 x 110 35 x 90


Text Content

Modern Title Business contract with confirmation of correctness and lists of delivery of different items
Ancient Archives administrative archive of unclear context
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | contract | vertical format
Summary of Content Business contract. Confirmation of several persons concerning the correctness of that what was written in the letter. List of names, dates and the delivery of certain items, including wine.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
Reserved Copyright
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Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
9545 (unknown) Chnoum-reshi Hnm-ršy pre-Coptic Egyptian
9540 man Espmetis, son of Harpaesis Ns-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ Ḥr-pa-ꜣs.t pre-Coptic Egyptian
9550 man Espmetis, son of Imouthes (P. 23555) Ns-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ Ỉy-m-ḥtp pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Roman Period -30 BCE 211 CE ;



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DatasetID 100524
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 45712
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100524 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23555), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.