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Pap. Berlin P. 23605

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23605
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
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) 298 mm | 107 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in rather small extent. Lateral edges damaged in the upper section. Some horizontal breaks. On the verso smal strips were teared off for the wrapping of the entire roll.
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) Upper part (recto) respectively lower part (verso) broken off in undetermined extent. In the upper part line beginnings and endings slightly damaged. Text at the end of verso heavily faded.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, flüchtige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small lower margin. Verso: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, without lateral margins, but with a small upper
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+24 22+y
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 105 105
Column Height (in mm) 285 285+y
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 105 x x+285 105 x 285+y


Text Content

Modern Title letter dealing amongs others with food for a falcon
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of unclear content. The sender has taken care for the food for a falcon.
Location of Composition Bige Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: low)
Comments on Text For the food of the facon cf. Pap. Berlin P. 23605 (here) and P. 23634 (according to Zauzich).
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
10815 man Espmetsepsis (P.23605) Ns-pꜢ-mtr-šps pre-Coptic Egyptian



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



Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright




DatasetID 100575
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46595
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100575 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23605), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.