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Pap. Berlin P. 23619

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23619
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, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 348 mm | 75 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Lateral edges damaged. Some horizontal breaks along the foldings.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On recto and verso traces of an anterior text. On verso not erased, new text written below the old one.

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) Some line beginnings and endings damged. On lower part some lines blurred.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Große, flüchtige, wenig sorgfältigee, unausgeglichene und etwas klecksige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift. Dazu auf dem Verso vom älteren Text kleine und etwas sorgfältigere mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Recto: The text was placed centered onto the sheet, with small lateral margins and medium upper and lower margins. Verso: The text was placed onto the lower half of the sheet (upper part with older text)
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 23 10+[[1]]
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 65 65
Column Height (in mm) 325 280
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 65 x 326 65 x 280


Text Content

Modern Title letter of assertion of innocence
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content New text: Letter of Samaus, son of Spotous, to a certain Spotous, containing an assertion of innocence, possibly related to a mortgage. Old text: Part of an account of grain delivery for or by ships.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st 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
10840 man Pachnoumis, son of Teos (P.23619) Pa-H̱nm sꜢ Ḏd- Ḥr pre-Coptic Egyptian
10835 man Spotous (P. 23619) (carrier of Ra) Ns-pꜢy=w-tꜢ.wỉ pre-Coptic Egyptian



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



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DatasetID 100584
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46609
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100584 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23619), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.