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Pap. Berlin P. 23642

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23642
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) 104 mm | 63 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper, right and possibly also the lower part are broken off in undetermined extent. Several minor holes.
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 lost in undetermined extent, likewise all line beginnings.
Script, Primary Early to Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic - Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige früh- 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 unequal left margin, line length varying. Verso: The right-aligned text was placed onto the upper two-thirds of the sheet, with small right and medium upper margin.The lower one-third remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+9 3
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 60 95+y
Column Height (in mm) 100 30
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance x+60 x x+100 95+y x 30


Text Content

Modern Title letter possibly concerning work at a hull
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content Letter possibly concerning work at a hull. According to Zauzich the Verso seems to be the answer of the addressees, Paouheri and Espmetis.
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
10940 man Espmetis (P. 23642) Ns-pꜢ-mtr pre-Coptic Egyptian
10935 man Paouheri Pa-whry pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Late period - Early Ptolemaic dynasty -664 BCE -222 BCE ;







DatasetID 100601
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46632
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100601 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23642), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.