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Ostr. London, BM EA 14108

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Collection London, British Museum
Inventory Number Ostr. London, BM EA 14108
Publication Number O. Brit. Mus. Copt. 1, pl. 51/4
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]
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1875 and 1875
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Chester, Greville John
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Junker, Hermann


Object Type ostracon
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Broken off on all sides except on the top, which is the rim of the vessel.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object concave/convex (inside/outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) On the convex side the ink and letters are quite well-preserved, on the concave side the ink is very faded and the letters hard to read.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting Convex and concave are two different hands. Convex: practised document hand with thin lines; concave: thicker lines, shorter letters.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 7
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 70 70+x
Column Height (in mm) 40 60
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | contract
  • documentary | list
Summary of Content On the convex side the end of a hire-payment document (contract, agreement?) can be seen: "I am letting out for hire (...) twenty (...) of Khoiak (...)" The text on the concave side is unclear: it is the beginning of a document signalled by the cross at the beginning of line 1. In ll.4 and 6 the name Johannes stands. Maybe a list of some sort?
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: )
Multilingualism Script = Language Monolingual
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender in the hire agreement the lessee seems to be a woman ("to you" 2nd person singular feminin)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ϫⲉ ϯⲙⲓⲥⲑⲟⲩ ⲛⲉ
2ⲟⲥⲓⲁϯ ϫⲟⲩⲱⲧ
3ⲛ︦ ⲭⲟⲓⲁⲕ ⲉϩⲣⲁⲓ̈
1ⳁ ⲡⲣⲓ̣ⲙ̣, ϩⲓ
3ⲡⲁⲙ̣ⲉ̣ ⲕⲁⲕⲱ

1(...) that I let out for hire to you (fem?)
2(...) ...?... twenty
3(...) of Khoiak, up
4(...) ...?...
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Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
15180 man Johannes A ⲓⲱⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ Coptic



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DatasetID 307720
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 82694
Author Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307720 (= Ostr. London, BM EA 14108), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos.