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Pap. Berlin P. 23559

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23559
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 12 11 1907 and 16 11 1907
Finder (= First Purchaser) Zucker, Friedrich (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 1907 and 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 224 mm | 112 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The upper part as well as the left part are broken off in undetermined extent. Damages to the lower section, several holes in the sheet.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object Palimpsest. On recto traces of an anterior text in Greek (remnants of two columns with nine and five lines = TM 91334).

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Upper part and right parts broken off in undetermined extent. Lower part damaged.
Script, Primary Late Demotic
Language, Primary Roman Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte spätdemotische Geschäftsschrift, stellenweise schwer lesbar." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Verso: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, with small right and medium lower marigns.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 0 x+21
Quantity of Columns 0 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 0 100+y
Column Height (in mm) 0 x+200
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 0 100+y x x+200


Text Content

Modern Title Hardly understandable narrative with the main actor reporting before the king on hunger and thirst
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • literary | narrative
Summary of Content Narrative, partly hard to understand. Presumably the main actor reports before the king on hunger and thirst. Then the king enteres his palanquin (according to Zauzich VOHD XIX,2).
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
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
Roman Period -30 BCE 211 CE ;







DatasetID 100623
last Change 29.07.2022
Berlpap 04979
Trismegistos 50132
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100623 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23559), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.