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Ostr. London, BM EA 14077

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Collection London, British Museum
Inventory Number Ostr. London, BM EA 14077
Publication Number O. Brit. Mus. Copt. 1, pl. 47/1
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
Dating of Object Coptic
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Partly rubbed off, stained, chipping at the bottom and on the right.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Text-Localization, Addendum convex
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Some stains and the faded state of the ink in several places make reading difficult.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting Cursive document hand with ligatures, small letters.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 8
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 192
Column Height (in mm) 80


Text Content

Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content A letter, probably from an [I]sak to a fellow monk, of equal status judging from the word "brother" (rather than "father" or "son") used. He is reporting about a meeting and conversation with another person, about spiritual issues: ll.3-5: I come out and I say to him "It is an empty grace, of the empty man."
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Christianity



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ϯ ⲧⲓⲁⲥⲡⲁⲍⲉ ⲛ︦ⲧⲉⲕⲉⲩⲗⲁⲃⲓⲁ ⲛ︦ⲥⲟⲛ ⲉⲧⲧⲁⲓⲏⲩ
2ϭⲓⲥⲁⲧⲁⲕⲁ ⲉϣⲱⲡⲉ ⲡϩⲱⲃⲧⲟⲟⲧ
3ⲏⲑⲓⲍⲉ ⲙ︦ⲡⲉϥϣⲏⲣⲉⲧⲓⲉⲓ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ
4ⲛⲧⲁⲃⲱⲕ ⲛⲧⲁϣⲁϫⲉ ⲉⲣⲟϥ ⲟⲩϩⲙⲟⲧ ⲉϥϣⲟⲩⲉⲓⲧ
5ⲡⲉ ⲙⲡⲣⲱⲙⲉ ⲉⲧϣⲟⲩⲉⲓⲧ ⲁⲩⲱ
6ⲧⲟⲓⲁ ϫⲉ ⲡϣⲁⲉ ⲛⲧⲉⲕⲏⲥⲓⲁⲛⲉ ⲉⲡⲣⲱⲙⲉ
7ⲡϩⲱⲃ ϣⲏϣ ⲧⲛⲛⲟⲟⲩ ⲧⲓⲣ̣
1I am greeting your brotherly discretion, which is honourable,
2(...) ...?... if the thing/work ...
3(...)...?... his son ... I come out
4and I go and talk to him: "An empty grace
5is it, of the empty man. And ...
7the thing is equal. Send ...
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
15175 man [I]sak [ⲓ]ⲥⲁⲕ Coptic



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DatasetID 307727
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 82679
Author Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307727 (= Ostr. London, BM EA 14077), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos.