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Ostr. Uppsala, Gustavianum VM 638

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Inventory Number Ostr. Uppsala, Gustavianum VM 638
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
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 (unknown)
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution (unknown)
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (unknown)


Object Type ostracon
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) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Very faded, hadly legible. Parts of the texs are erased.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Language, additional A (none)
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. The text was written above the depiction of a soldier.
Existing Pictorial Elements Soldier walking leftwards, with a stick in the right hand, the upper part in the shape of a was sceptre. The left hand holds bow and arrow, on the head, he wears a helmet probably with two feathers.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 0
Column Height (in mm) 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 0


Text Content

Modern Title unclear content
Ancient Archives unclear
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
Summary of Content Probably description of the accompanying depiction of a soldier. Readable are only the words "Nubian" and "merchandising". Wangstedt considers this depiction as a soldier belonging to a trade expedition southwards.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) _x001C_
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Ethnicity / Multiculturalism Egyptian / Nubian
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1 ı͗r šw 1In the edition, erroneously ı͗r šm was written.
2 nḥsy

1 In the edition, erroneously ı͗r šm was written.
1[///] trading
2..?.. Nubian
Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright
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 -332 BCE -30 BCE Dating by palaeography.;



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DatasetID 307660
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 51770
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307660 (= Ostr. Uppsala, Gustavianum VM 638), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.