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Pap. Berlin P. 23629

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23629
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) 133 mm | 106 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Three large horizontal holes in the upper part. Lower edge slightly damaged.
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) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Minor text damages along the horizontal holes in lines 2, 3, and 5. Text on verso heavily damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Sorgfältige, jedoch ungelenke 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 margins on all sides. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper one-third of the sheet.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 11 1+2
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 110 0
Column Height (in mm) 125 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 110 x 125 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter with greetings to the priests of Chnoum
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Pelaias, son of Pasunet, to Parates, answering a foregoing correspondence. He will be interested to receive further letters from the sender and sends greetings to the priests of Chnoum. The same addressee appears on Pap. Berlin P. 23696.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
Reserved Copyright
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Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
11025 man Parates (P. 23629, 23696) Pa-rṱ pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty 09 Epeiph 17 -332 BCE -30 BCE ;



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DatasetID 100591
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46619
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100591 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23629), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.