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Pap. Berlin P. 23597

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23597
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
Date of Discovery
Term. Ante / Post Quem Non
between 16 12 1906 and 16 12 1906
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto (excavation director)
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 1906
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 105 mm | 67 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper and lower parts are broken off in undetermined extent. Lateral edges from line 5 downwards lost.
Mounting framed under glass
Restoration Activities Restaurierung abgeschlossen
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On recto and verso traces of an anterior text (grain account), not erased on the verso. For the writing exercise, the sheet was cut off from an already lettered larger sheet.

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 and lower part broken off in undetermined extent. Lateral edges from line 5 downwards lost.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting 1) Old text: "Flüchtige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2) 2) New text: "Sorgfältige mitteldemotische Buchschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Recto (new text): Narrow line pitch.With broad and sightly unequal left margin. Verso (old text): Wide line pitch. Wirth broad and equal left margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 9+y (new text) x+4 (old text)
Quantity of Columns 1 (new text) 1 (old text)
Line Lenght (in mm) 35 x+30 (old text)
Column Height (in mm) 95 x+50+y (old text)
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 35 x x+95+y (new text) x+30 x x+50+y (old text)


Text Content

Modern Title Account on grain (old); writing exercise with conjugation of verb (new)
Ancient Archives none
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | account
  • scientific | writing exercise
Summary of Content 1) Old text: Accound on grain. 2) New text: Writing exercise: Conjugation of the lemma Ꜥnḫ "to live". According to Zauzich in VOHD XIX,2, the sequence is divergent from the otherwise known schemata.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
Old text
x+1 ḥsb.t 2.t ı͗bd 4

Vso x+1
Vso x+2 3 ⸢..?..⸣
Vso x+3 3 (rtb) sw 3(?)
Vso x+4 2 (rtb) sw 3.t
Vso x+5 2 (rtb) sw 3.t
New text
1ḫr=ṯ n=y
2ı͗ ꜥnḫ=f
3ı͗ ꜥnḫ=s
4ı͗ ꜥnḫ=k
5ı͗ ꜥnḫ=w
6ı͗ ꜥnḫ=n
7ı͗ ꜥnḫ=ṯn
8ı͗ ꜥnḫ=ṯ
9ı͗ ꜥnḫ=y (?)
Old text
x+1 2nd regnal year, 4th month [///]
x+2ff. [///]
Vso x+1 [///] ⸢..?..⸣ [_] ⸢..?..⸣
Vso x+2 [///] 3 [_]⸢..?..⸣
Vso x+3 [///] 3 [_] (?) (Artabas of) wheat.
Vso x+4 [///] 2. [_] 3 (Artabas of) wheat.
Vso x+5 [///] 2. [_] 3 (Artabas of) wheat.
New text
1You have said to me:
2Oh may he live,
3oh may she live,
4oh may you (masc.) live,
5oh may they live,
6oh may we live,
7oh may you (pl.) live,
8oh may you (fem.) live,
9oh may I live.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
8060 not applicable (No persons mentioned in the [preserved] text) (No persons mentỈoned Ỉn the [preserved] text) (none)



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty 02 Fourth Month of ? -332 BCE -30 BCE Old text;







DatasetID 100618
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 50136
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100618 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23597), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.