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Ostr. Paris, AIBL CIS, Clermont-Ganneau no. 97

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Inventory Number Ostr. Paris, AIBL CIS, Clermont-Ganneau no. 97
Publication Number Mémoires 35 no. 097
Current Location Paris, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres
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]
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Date of Discovery
Term. Ante / Post Quem Non
between 28 3 1907 and
Finder (= First Purchaser) Clermont-Ganneau, Charles
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 excavation finds
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Clermont-Ganneau, Charles
Certainty: high
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Oxford, Manchester Collection
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Range of Preservation complete
Mounting (unknown)
Comments on Object Illegible palimpsest. Mesurements and remarks from publication. Lozachmeur: cv: 7.5YR6/4 ; cc: 2.5YR5/4.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object concave (inside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
Script, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Language, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Comments on Handwriting Lozachmeur hand Ia.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 7


Text Content

Modern Title Missive. Re Location of Grain
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | letter
  • documentary | note
  • religious | Jewish | ritual
Summary of Content This appears to be a short message to one "Nathan." The word "impure" is uniquley cultic.
Location of Composition Elephantine / Syene (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Script = Language Monolingual
Gender Man
Religion unknown
Religion, further Judaism



Transcription Translation Pictures
HL (variants)
cc. 01. ‮ [...שלמ נ]תנ כענ תדמ[...]
cc. 02. ‮ [...]מח קליתא זי הו⸢{ה|ת}⸣
cc. 03. ‮ [...]תי כזי טמא חזו
cc. 04. ‮ [...]לכמ זי בברא
cc. 05. ‮ [...]ל כענ חזו
cc. 06. ‮ [...]◦מ עמ
cc. 07. ‮ [...]עבד על מיא
1שלמ נתנ כענ תרענ תדענ
2תמח קליתא זי הושע
3◦תי כזי טמא חזו
4לכמ זי בברא
5י כענ חזו
6◦מ עמ
7עלדבר עלימיא
1[Greetings,] Nathan. Now, {you all should know |our entrance}
2[... the mea]surement of the chamber which Hô⸢še⸣[\ˁa/]
3[...]◦TY when it/he is impure. Look (m.p.),
4[... ]to you (m.p.) which is in the field/outside
5[...]Y. Now, look (m.p.)
6[...]◦M with
7[... on] account of \the/ servants.
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
40850 man Hôšeˁa הושע Aramaic, Imperial



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
-525 BCE -399 BCE ;







DatasetID 312981
last Change 29.07.2022
Author James D. Moore (collated from picture and reedited), Emil Joubert (metadata)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 312981 (= Ostr. Paris, AIBL CIS, Clermont-Ganneau no. 97), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: James D. Moore (collated from picture and reedited), Emil Joubert (metadata) .