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Ostr. London, BM EA 12168

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Collection London, British Museum
Inventory Number Ostr. London, BM EA 12168
Publication Number O.Wangstedt (24) 19
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 Details (unknown)
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rev Greville John Chester
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt unknown
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution purchase
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 9 11 1878 and 9 11 1878
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Chester, Greville John


Object Type ostracon
Dating of Object Graeco-Roman
Dating between -255 and
Criteria for Dating date in text
Range of Preservation complete

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.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Script, additional A Greek
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Language, additional A Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting Demot. Greek subscript: ptolemaic cursive, hand of Petepiphis
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper part of the potsherd, with a broad upper margin. The left and lower right crotches remain uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3+1 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 79 0
Column Height (in mm) 30 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 79 x 30 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for salt tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Senpelaias, daughter of Pamumen, is confirmed by Eskasothes, son of Nechethor, of having paid the salt tax for the 30th regnal year in an amount of ¼ kite. Countersigned by Phatres, son of Har[tophnachtes]. Greek subscript of Petepiphis.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Greek subscript to Demotic receipt
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text l. 4 new* Greek subscript was not published by Wangstedt!
Multilingualism Script = Language Bilingual
Gender Woman Man
Comment on Gender - Activity of woman: tax payer - Identifier of woman: mother of a man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n Tꜣ-šr.t-Pꜣ-mr-ı͗ḥ ta Pꜣ-mw-mn ḥḏ (qd) ¼ n ḥḏ (n) ḥmꜣ
2n ḥsb.t 30 n-ḏr.t Ns-pꜣ-(qꜣy-)šw.ty sꜣ Nḫ.t-Ḥr 1Reading of the name by Jan Moje. n ḥsb.t 30 ı͗bd 2 šmw sw 13
3sẖ Pꜣ-ḥtr sꜣ Ḥr-tꜣy=f-nẖt 2Reading Jan Moje, contra S. Wangstedt, wo read sꜣ sp-2.

1 Reading of the name by Jan Moje.
2 Reading Jan Moje, contra S. Wangstedt, wo read sꜣ sp-2.
4διὰ Πετεπιφε
1Thus has brought Senpelaias, daughter of Pamumen, ¼ silver (kite) for the salt tax
2for the 30th regnal year. Issued by Eskasothes, son of Nechethor, in the 30th regnal year, 13th of Payni.
3Countersigned by Phatres, son of Hartophnachtes.
4through Petepiphe.
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
1745 man Petepiphis, son of Pachnoumis PꜢ-ḏỉ-Pp.t sꜢ Pa-H̱nm; Πετεπῖφις (Gen. Πετεπῖφιος) pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 30 Payni 13 -255 July 31 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;



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DatasetID 310459
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 51789
Author Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 310459 (= Ostr. London, BM EA 12168), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek).