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Pap. Berlin P. 15530

TEI-XML-File: https://p612399.webspaceconfig.de/xml/elephantine_erc_db_100539.tei.xml



Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15530
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status published

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) 187 mm | 51 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in indetermined extent. The left edge is slightly damaged.
Mounting framed under glass

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) On recto upper part broken off in undetermined extent. Line endings slightly damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, stellenweise etwas unsaubere mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire sheet, without lateral margins. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper two-thirds of the surface of the potsherd, with very small lateral and upper margins.The lower one-third remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+15 8
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 45 40
Column Height (in mm) 170 110
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 45 x x+170 40 x 110


Text Content

Modern Title Letter concerning support of a visiting temple inspector
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of a man whose name is lost containing the request of supporting an inspector visiting the temple of Elephantine, to avoid possible dispute during the visit.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 Ḥr-sꜣ-ꜣs.t?
x+2 my ḥn=w s m-ı͗r
x+3 ḏı͗.t gmꜥ=w r.r=f
x+4 my tḫb=f
x+5 ı͗rm pꜣy=f ı͗ry my nw=w
x+6 (r-)dbꜣ=f tꜣ nty-ı͗w=w r ı͗r=s n=f
x+7 ı͗w=w (r) ı͗r=s n=y hmy
x+8 r wn-mtw H̱nm ꜥ(ꜣ) n 1000
x+9 s 10 ı͗w=w mtw=k (n) ẖr ꜥn
x+10 ḥ.t-nṯr Yb ı͗rpy
x+11 ꜥꜣ pꜣy m-ı͗r ḏı͗.t ḫpr
x+12 nḏnḏ n rmṯ
x+13 ẖn=f ı͗w=f ḫpr r rwḥ=f
x+14 my wy=w s r.r=f ı͗w=y (r) ḏı͗.t
x+15 pꜣy=f gns
vso 1 bn-pw=y hb ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr
vso 2 pꜣ ḥm-nṯr tpy n md(.t) (n) ky sp
vso 3 ı͗w=f-ḫpr r wn md(.t)
vso 4 dy my ḥn=w s
vso 5 mtw=w hb n=y n.ı͗m=s
vso 6 my ḥn=w s mtw=w ı͗r n=y
vso 7 (r-)ẖ pꜣ bk sẖ Pꜣ-šr-Ḥr(?)
vso 8 n ḥsb.t 2.t ı͗bd 4 šmw sw 12
x+1 Harsiesis(?) [///]
x+2 May it be ordered! Do not let
x+3 him to be harmed!
x+4 May he sprinkle water
x+5 together with his colleague! May one
x+6 look after him! That which will be done to him
x+7 will be done to me(, too). Oh may
x+8 Chnoum have 10 men “greats-of-the-thousands”
x+9 who are also as servants with you!
x+10 The temple of Elephantine
x+11 is a great sanctuary. Do not let
x+12 a conflict of men arise
x+13 in it! If he takes offense,
x+14 he shall be removed from it (scil. the sanctuary)! I will disburse
x+15 his forfeit.
vso 1 I have not sent to
vso 2 the high priest concerning any matter again.
vso 3 If it happens that here is something (which is desired):
vso 4 May it be ordered
vso 5 to send to me concerning it!
vso 6 May it be ordered to act for me
vso 7 in agreement 1Reading variant Depauw, Dem. Letter 340, according to Vleeming, DBL in A. D. 2007 (2008). Reading variant Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 2 (1993): „a transcript“. with this letter! Written by Psenyris(?)
vso 8 in the 2nd regnal year, 12th of Mesore.

1 Reading variant Depauw, Dem. Letter 340, according to Vleeming, DBL in A. D. 2007 (2008). Reading variant Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 2 (1993): „a transcript“.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    9655 man Harsiesis (P. 15530) Ḥr-sꜢ-Ꜣs.t pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 02 Mesore 12 -332 BCE -222 BCE Dating by content. Dating by palaeography. internal dating, without name of the ruler;







    DatasetID 100539
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46455
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100539 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15530), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.