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Pap. Cairo EM JdE 43501

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Collection Cairo, Egyptian Museum
Inventory Number Pap. Cairo EM JdE 43501
Publication Number TAD B.7.4; Sachau pap. 48 / taf. 39; Cowley 59
Current Location Cairo, Egyptian Museum (transferred to the museum in 1912)
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status partly 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) Rubensohn, Otto / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
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 (other)
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1912 and 1912
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Simon, James
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Right and lower parts broken off in undetermined extent.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Demotic: All line beginnings as well as entire lower part broken off in undetermined extent.
Script, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Script, additional A Early Demotic
Language, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Language, additional A Early Demotic
Specialities in Writing Direction Demotic on recto parallel to fibers. Aramaic on verso parallel to fibers.
Comments on Text Layout Recto: Medium line pitch. The text shows a broad upper margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 8+y 1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 60
Column Height (in mm) 85
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance x+60 x 85+y


Text Content

Modern Title Sale contract (Demotic) with mention of document type and scribe (Aramaic)
Ancient Archives (Uncertain)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | legal document
Summary of Content In the Demotic part a sale contract is partly preserved all details remain unknown due to the fragmentary status of the entire text. Mibtahiah is mentioned as first contractant, a man whose name is lost as second contractant. The Aramaic text on the verso mentions the document type and the scribe.
Location of Composition Elephantine / Syene Lower Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Script = Language Bilingual
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender - Activity of woman: contractant
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures

1ꜣrḫšsš ꜥws
6 mn mtw=y
7md.t n pꜣ tꜣ ı͗.ı͗r-n=k n rn=w pꜣ nty ı͗w=f r ı͗y r.ḥr=k r-dbꜣ=w
8n rn/// Mri͗.t-Ptḥ

vso 1ספר מומה1There may be traces of ink in this space. זי כתב חמני

1 There may be traces of ink in this space.

1[/// Ar]taxerxes LPH.
2[///] ..?..
3[///] ..?..
4[///] ..?..
5[///] ..?..
6[///]⸢..?..⸣ [_] I have nothing
7[in the world against you in their name.] [///?] [The one who] will come against you concerning them
8[in the name of ///]⸢..?..⸣ Meritptah
vso 1Document of oath which Ḥmny? / Ḥmn y?[...] wrote[]

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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
11560 man Artaxerxes I Rṱḫšsš Aramaic, Imperial



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Artaxerxes I -465 BCE -424 BCE Internal dating, with name of the ruler. Dating by palaeography, dating by prosopography;







DatasetID 310482
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje (Demotic); James D. Moore (Aramaic)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 310482 (= Pap. Cairo EM JdE 43501), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); James D. Moore (Aramaic).