Home Project Search Objects Places Persons & Deities  

Search in Objects

(submit with enter)


Pap. Berlin P. 23562

TEI-XML-File: https://p612399.webspaceconfig.de/xml/elephantine_erc_db_100555.tei.xml



Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23562
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 9 11 1907 and 9 11 1907
Finder (= First Purchaser) Zucker, Friedrich (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 1907 and 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 322 mm | 84 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete. The papyrus is narrower at the bottom than at the top.
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) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Complete.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, geübte, relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text was placed centered onto the sheet, without lateral margins, but with medium upper and broad lower margins.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 2119 2
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 70 0
Column Height (in mm) 220 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 70 x 220 0


Text Content

Modern Title Accompanying letter concerning correspondence which has to be dispatched further
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Accompanying letter of Peteharsomtus, son of Thotomous, to Bienchis, concerning a batch of letters which the sender, who travelled from Ptolemais to Elephantine and has now arrived in Edfu, ordered to be dispatched further by a third person. The same addresseed is mentioned on Pap. Berlin P. 23553 vor.
Location of Composition Edfou / Apollonpolis magna Upper Egypt Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
10450 man Bienchis (P.23553, 23562) By-Ꜥnḫ pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty 16 Mesore 13 -332 BCE 0 CE dating by palaeography;



Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright




DatasetID 100555
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46567
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100555 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23562), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.