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Pap. Berlin P. 23596

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23596
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 25 12 1906 and 25 12 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, dark
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 159 mm | 148 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Consists of two not directly joining fragments. The right part is broken off, all three other edges are partially preserved.
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) Several holes with text losses. Line beginnings broken off on recto.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Gute thebanische mitteldemotische Urkundenschrift. Die Schrift erinnert stark an die Schreiber der Familie des Notars Ḫnsw-tꜢy=f-nḫṱ.t sꜢ Ḥr-sꜢ-Ꜣs.t" (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2).
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire sheet, with medium margins on all three preserved sides. Two lines placed with small distance below the main text block. Verso: The text was placed onto the lower half of the sheet.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 12+2 3
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 150 105
Column Height (in mm) 125 20
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance x+150 x 125 105 x 20


Text Content

Modern Title letter of unclear content
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content Letter of Osoroeris, son of Spotous, to the priests of Chnoum. The details are not detectable any more due to the fragmentary condition.
Location of Composition Thebes Upper Egypt, 4th nome 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
85 man priests of Chnoum of Elephantine prỈests of Chnum of ElephantỈne pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (late) -180 BCE -30 BCE Dating by palaeography;



Reserved Copyright
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DatasetID 100569
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46588
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100569 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23596), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.