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Pap. Berlin P. 23623

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23623
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) 276 mm | 87 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent, but presumably marginal only. Some minor holes in the sheet.
Mounting framed under glass
Restoration Activities Restaurierung abgeschlossen
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On recto and verso traces of an anterior text.

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 of recto broken off in small extent only. Beginnings and endings of the first three lines lost.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, 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, with small lateral and lower margins. Line length varying. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper two-thrids of the sheet, without lateral margins and a broad upper one. The lower one-third remains uninscribed except for 3 lines (rotated by 180°) of the older text consisting of numbers.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+22 12
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 75 75
Column Height (in mm) 265 160
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 75 x x+265 75 x 160


Text Content

Modern Title letter concenring happenings in Elephantine/Syene in context with famine
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter answering a foregoing correspondecne. It deals with a women who should not stay at the residence of the addressee due to famine. The sender agrees with this. He was not able to report about the happenings on Elephantine and in Syene due to illness. Some of the mentioned persons also appear on Pap. Berlin P. 23660.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Woman Man
Comment on Gender - Activity of woman: staying at the addressee's place - Identifier of woman: none
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
10865 man Espmetis (P. 23623) Ns-pꜢ-mtr pre-Coptic Egyptian
1085 man Hartophnachthes, son of Snebonychos Ḥr-tꜢy=f-nḫt.ṱ sꜢ Ns-nb-Ꜥnḫ pre-Coptic Egyptian
10855 woman Tastis Ta-sty pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty 23 Epeiph 12 -332 BCE -30 BCE ;







DatasetID 100587
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46613
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100587 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23623), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.