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Ostr. Elephantine, excavation DAIK 4457

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Collection Elephantine, excavation Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Kairo
Inventory Number Ostr. Elephantine, excavation DAIK 4457
Publication Number ined
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned
Publication Status unpublished

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) Excavation team Elephantine, German Archaeological Institute Cairo and Swiss Institute for Architectural and Archaeological Research on Ancient Egypt
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Dating between -256 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
Script, Primary Demotic
Script, additional A Greek
Language, Primary Demotic
Language, additional A Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting documentary, ptolemaic, Demotic Greek: hand of Petepiphis
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6
Quantity of Columns 1


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for salt tax
Ancient Archives (Uncertain)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Bubalos, son of Harnouphis, is confirmed by Peteyris, son of Harnouphis, of having paid the salt tax for the 28th regnal year in an amount of ¼ kite. Greek translation of the Demotic.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Greek translation of the Demotic.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures


11Transcription and translation of the Greek by Ruth Duttenhöfer, of the Demotic by Jan Moje. ı͗n Bbls sꜣ Ḥr-nfr ḥḏ qd ¼ (n) ḥḏ ḥmꜣ
2n ḥsb.t 28 n-ḏr.t Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ḥr sꜣ Ḥr-nfr ḥsb.t 29 ı͗bd 4 ꜣḫ.t sw 29

1 Transcription and translation of the Greek by Ruth Duttenhöfer, of the Demotic by Jan Moje.
3διὰ Πετεπίφιος.
4(ἔτους) κθ, Χοιαχ κ̅θ̅.
5τέτακται Βούβαλος
6ἁλικῆς (τριώβολον).

1Thus has brought Bubalos, son of Harnouphis, ¼ silver kite (for) the salt tax
2for the 28th regnal year. Issued by Peteyris, son of Harnouphis. 29th regnal year, 29th of Choiak.
3Through Petepiphis.
4Year 29, Choiak 29.
5Thus has paid Boubalos
6for salt tax 3 obols.
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
25535 man Boubalos, son of Harnouphis Bbls sꜣ Ḥr-nfr / Βουβαλος pre-Coptic Egyptian / Greek



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 29 Choiak 29 -256 February 21 BCE date in text;



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DatasetID 315799
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek); Jan Moje (Demotic)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 315799 (= Ostr. Elephantine, excavation DAIK 4457), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek); Jan Moje (Demotic).