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Pap. Berlin P. 15776

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15776
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory joining: Pap. Berlin P. 15630, Pap. Berlin P. 15776 + Pap. Berlin P. 23703
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) 57 mm | 81 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Consists of three closely joining fragments. The right half is broken off except for the not joining third fragment P. 23703 from the upper right corner. Some holes in the sheet. The left as well as the lower part is broken off. Breaks and minor holes in the sheet.
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) All line beginnings exceot for l 1-2 broken off.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, flüchtige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire sheet, with a small upper margin in the height of about one line and an medium right margin. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper half of the sheet, with a small upper margin. The lower half remains uninscribed, except for the address line.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 9 (whole) 5+1 (whole)
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 240 240
Column Height (in mm) 110 45
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 240 x 110 (P.15776: 80 x 45) 240 x 45 (P.15776: 80 x 45)


Text Content

Modern Title letter with a response and a report on trouble(?) regarding food
Ancient Archives (Uncertain)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Espneti-hetnetjer, son of Espmetis, to Snebonychos, containing a response on earlier letters. Report on trouble(?) regarding fowl, beer and wine.
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
10320 man Snebonychos ( P. 15630,15776,23703) Ns-nb-Ꜥnḫ 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 ;



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DatasetID 100759
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46526
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100759 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15776), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.