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Pap. Berlin P. 23696

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23696
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) 201 mm | 77 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation In the upper section some larger holes near the edges, some breaks. On the verso a small strip is teared off for the wrapping of the entire roll.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object The papyrus is still mounted on paper (06/2016).

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 damages of line endings and beginnings in the upper part.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Gute 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, without lateral margins, but with broad upper and lower margins.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 14 1
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 75 0
Column Height (in mm) 140 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 75 x 140 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter requesting for wheat and payment(?) of honey
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content Letter of Pachnoumis, son of Pmenches, to Parates. He sends a servant to the addressee with this letter containing a request for wheat and the payment(?) of a small amount of honey. The same addressee can be found on Pap. Berlin P. 23629.
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
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 15 Pharmuthi 12 -332 BCE -30 BCE ;







DatasetID 100614
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46658
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100614 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23696), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.