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Ostr. Jerusalem, PBI 551

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Collection Jerusalem, Museum of the Pontifical Biblical Institute
Inventory Number Ostr. Jerusalem, PBI 551
Publication Number O. Varia 11, P.L. Bat. 26 11
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status published

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) Mallon, Alexis SJ
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 donation
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Mallon, Alexis SJ
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 45 mm | 77 mm | 12 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) Complete, the last signs of the lines are damaged due to the writing on the ancient breaks.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. The text was placed mainly on the upper half of the landscape format potsherd, with small but rather equal margins on top and at the lateral sides. The third, short line was placed in the lower right part, arranged acording to the outline shape of the sherd.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 69 0
Column Height (in mm) 25 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 69 x 25 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for the price of oil
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Belles, son of Herianoupis, is confirmed by Phatres, son of Hartophnachthes, of having paid the price of oil of the 25th regnal year in an amount of 1/4 1/6 kite for the month Mesore.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n Br sꜣ Hry-I͗npw ḥḏ qd ¼ ⅙
2 r nḥḥ n ḥsb.t 25 ı͗bd 4 šmw.t n-ḏr.t Pꜣ-ḥtr
3 sꜣ Ḥr-tꜣy=f-nḫṱ
1Thus has brought Belles, son of Herianoupis, an amount of money of ¼ ⅙ (kite)
2for oil of the 25th regnal year, Mesore. Issued by Phatres,
3(son) of Hartophnachthes.
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Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
6660 man Belles, son of Herianoupis Br sꜢ Hry-Ỉnpw pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 25 Mesore -260 May 21 BCE -260 June 19 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;



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DatasetID 307180
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 3006
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307180 (= Ostr. Jerusalem, PBI 551), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.