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Pap. Berlin P. 23641

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23641
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) 143 mm | 75 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower as well as the right part are broken off in undetermined extent. Left edge slightly damaged. In the middle some vertical stringed holes from the original sealing.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On 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) Lower part (recto) respectivcely upper part (verso) lost in undetermined extent, likewise all line beginnings.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Große, flüchtige 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 a small upper margin. Verso: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, with broad lower margin, with address line placed, rotated by 180° with respect to the rest of the text. Below line 6 one short line with month and day of date entirely lost.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 9+y x+6[+1]+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 70 x+70
Column Height (in mm) 130 x+95
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance x+70 x 130+y x+70 x x+95


Text Content

Modern Title letter regarding a voyage to the south and a shipwreck at Elephantine
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter to Eschnoumpmetis regarding a voyage to the south, possibly with a shipwreck at Elephantine.
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
9915 man Eschnoumpmetis (Lesonis) (P. 13559, 23580, 23637, 23641, 23665) Ns-H̱nm-pꜢ-mtr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) Payni -332 BCE -222 BCE ;



Reserved Copyright
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DatasetID 100600
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46631
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100600 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23641), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.