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Pap. Berlin P. 15784

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15784
Current Location magazine | papyrus depository
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: unknown
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery (unknown)
Finder (= First Purchaser) (unknown)
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 (unknown)
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Borchardt, Ludwig


Object Type papyrus
Dating of Object unknown
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The papyrus consists of two non joining fragments. The beginning (Pap. Berlin P. 15784, a+b) and the end (Pap. Berlin P. 10469) of the papyrus are preserved. slight damage on top and at the bottom
Comments on Object papyrus stripe

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object verso
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
Script, Primary Late Hieratic
Language, Primary Middle Egyptian
Language, additional A Later Egyptian
Comments on Handwriting "in ausgewogener, großer Schrift" (Kaplony-Heckel, VOHD 19,3 (1986), 96)
Comments on Text Layout The text holds a small and consistent distance to the right edge. There is a broad space between the vignette and the left margin.
Existing Pictorial Elements The vignette on Pap. Berlin P. 10469 shows three figures: 1. The one on the right is only partly preserved. Only a human face and the top of the torso are visible. 2. Figure one is followed by a standing cow, in itse horns is sitting a falcon-headed boy with solar disk and uraeus on his head. In front of the forelegs and behind the cow there are undefinable signs above the line of position. 3. A standing hybrid creature holds the tail of the cow. Its very thin arms and its chest and belly are human. The head resembles that of a pig or a crocodile. In addition, the creature has a bird tail and horns.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 3
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title An amulet for the protection of pregnancy
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • drawing
  • religious | polytheistic Egyptian | magical
Summary of Content an amulet for the protection of pregnancy invocation to heaven, earth, water and gods to protect the fetus in the belly a variant of Pap. Brooklyn 47.218.2, col. x+3.1‒4
Location of Composition unknown unknown Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Woman
Comment on Gender pregnant woman whose unborn child has to be protected
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures


1j p.t j tꜣ j dwꜣ.t j n.t j nṯr.w jptn mj.n n=j sḏm=tn ḏd.wt n hrw jnk
2Nw.t wr.t msı͗ nṯr.w m rn=s pwy n Nj.t swḏꜣ=n swḥ.t m ẖ.t n Tj-pꜣ-mdw
3msı͗.n Spd.t-j:jrı͗-=st-dj=s mj swḏꜣ.w Rꜥ m-ẖ.t n Jmn.t ꜥnḥ m nhw.t
1Oh Heaven! Oh Earth! Oh Duat! Oh Primeval waters! Oh (you) these gods! Come to me, may you hear what is said on (this) day. I am
2Nut, the Great One, who gave birth to the gods in this her name “Neith”. Protect the egg in the belly of Tapamedou,
3born of Sepedet-jres-dies, like Ra was protected in the belly of Amaunet, who lives in the sycamore.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
9910 woman Tapamedou Tj-pꜣ-mdw Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty not earlier than Saite Period; probably Ptolemaic dynasty (According to: Fischer-Elfert, Magika Hieratika (2005), 147);




DatasetID 311049
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Martina Grünhagen; Verena Lepper; Daniela C. Härtel
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 311049 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15784), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Martina Grünhagen; Verena Lepper; Daniela C. Härtel.