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Pap. Berlin P. 15695

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15695
Current Location magazine
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, dark
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 131 mm | 66 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower (recto) resp. upper (verso) part is broken off in undetermined extent. Left edge slightly frayed. Several minor holes vertically stringed.
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) Lower part (recto) resp. upper part (verso) broken off in undetermined extent. Line endings partly damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, relativ deutliche 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 preserved sheet, without lateral margins, and a small upper margin. Verso: The text is without lateral margins, but a broad lower margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 9+y x+7 +1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 55 65
Column Height (in mm) 120 x+97
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 55 x 120+y 65 x x+97


Text Content

Modern Title letter of confirmation concerning transfer of items to the ship of the pastophor
Ancient Archives administrative archive of unclear context
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Harnouphis, son of Payris, to Spotous containing a report of the arrival in Elephantine. Confirmation of the transfer of items (mentioned earlier by the addressee before the sender) to the ship of the pastophor.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ḫrw Ḥr-nfr sꜣ Pa-Ḥr
2m-bꜣḥ pꜣy=f ḥry Ns-pꜣy=w-tꜣ.wı͗
3pꜣ mr-šn ı͗ ḏı͗ Pꜣ-Rꜥ
4qy pꜣy=f ꜥḥꜥ ḏı͗=y
5ı͗w r Yb ı͗.ı͗r=y
6gm I͗ꜥḥ-ı͗.ı͗r-ḏı͗-s
7sꜣ Iy-m-ḥtp ı͗w=f ı͗w
8n-bnr šn=y s ḏd
9Šmšry 1For this name Σαμσαρια see Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 2 (1993), note to line 9. ı͗n

1 For this name Σαμσαρια see Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 2 (1993), note to line 9.
vso x+1 sẖ bꜣk Ḥr-nfr (sꜣ) Pa-Ḥr
vso x+2 ı͗bd 3 pr.t sw 4
vso x+3 nꜣ nkt.w r.ṯꜣy=k n=y (r-)dbꜣ.ṱ=w
vso x+4 ḏı͗=y ḏı͗=w s(t) r wꜥ
vso x+5 pꜣ ı͗ry-ꜥꜣ ı͗w=f ḫpr r wn-nꜣ.w
vso x+6 md(.t) dy my hb=w
vso x+7 n=y n.ı͗m=s
vso x+8 ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr pꜣ mr-šn
1Voice of Harnouphis, son of Payris,
2before his master Spotous,
3the lesonis. Oh may Pre
4cause his lifetime to be long! I
5came to Elephantine and I
6found Artais,
7son of Imouthes, as he came out.
8I asked him as follows:
9‘Is Samsaria NOTE (..?..)
vso x+1 Written by the servant Harnouphis, (son) of Payris.
vso x+2 4th of Phamenoth.
vso x+3 The matters about which you spoke to me,
vso x+4 I caused them to be given in a ..?..
vso x+5 of the pastophor. If
vso x+6 something is here, one may send
vso x+7 to me concerning this!
vso x+8 To [_] the lesonis.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    625 man Artais, son of Imouthes ỈꜤḥ-ỉ:ỉr-ḏỉ-s sꜢ Ỉy-m-ḥtp pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaic dynasty Phamenoth 04 -332 BCE -30 BCE ;







    DatasetID 100540
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46464
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100540 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15695), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.