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Ostr. Berlin P. 12230

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12230
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1963)
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 (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 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 46 mm | 73 mm | 13 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete.
Mounting (non [ostracon])

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Heavily faded.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire surface of the potsherd, with broad margins on all sides.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 54 0
Column Height (in mm) 25 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 54 x 25 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for compulsory labor tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Pachnoumis, son of Espmetis, is confirmed by Belles, son of Stamnaichnoumis, of having paid the compulsory labor tax for the 11th regnal year in an amount of 1 kite.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
11Transcription and translation by Jan Moje. ı͗n Pa-H̱nm sꜣ Ns-pꜣ-mtr
2ḥḏ qd 1 (n) ꜥrṱ n ḥsb.t 11 n-ḏr.t Br
3sꜣ Sḏm.n=y-H̱nm ḥsb.t 11 ı͗bd 3(?) /// sw 17

1 Transcription and translation by Jan Moje.
1Thus has brought Pachnoumis, son of Espmetis,
21 silver kite for the compulsory labor tax for the 11th regnal year. Issued by Belles,
3son of Stamnaichnoumis. 11th regnal year, 17th of ⸢///⸣.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
12105 man Pachnoumis, son of Espmetis (P.12230) Pa-H̱nm sꜢ Ns-pꜢ-mtr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 11 Third Month of ? 17 -272 January 10 BCE -272 September 7 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;






previousely unpublished


DatasetID 300012
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 300012 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12230), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.