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Pap. Berlin P. 23704

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23704
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) 72 mm | 34 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The lower part is broken off in undetermined extent. Lateral edges heavily damaged.
Mounting framed under glass
Restoration Activities Restaurierung abgeschlossen

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 broken off in undetermined extent. Line beginnings and endings damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, doch relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, with small upper margin and presumably without lateral margins.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6+y 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 30 0
Column Height (in mm) 65 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 30 x 65+y 0


Text Content

Modern Title letter of unclear content
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Sirthotes, son of Harnouphis, to Eschnoumpmetis answering a foregoing correspondence. Context unclear due to the fragmentary condition.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ḫrw Sr-
2Ḏḥw.tı͗ sꜣ Ḥr-nfr
3m-bꜣḥ Ns-
4H̱nm-pꜣ-mtr pꜣ mr-šn ı͗
5ḏı͗ Pꜣ-Rꜥ qy
6pꜣy=f ꜥḥꜥ ı͗n=w n=y
1Voice of Sir-
2[thotes], son of Harnouphis,
3before Es-
4-chnoumpmetis, the lesonis. [Oh]
5may Pre cause
6his lifetime to be long! It was brought to me
Places (read out from edition)


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) -332 BCE -222 BCE ;







DatasetID 100615
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46661
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100615 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23704), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.