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Ostr. Berlin P. 17855

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (ex)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 17855
Publication Number ined.
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status unpublished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 (unknown)
Finder (= First Purchaser) (unknown)
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt unknown
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Upper right part broken off.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) All line endings are broken in undetermined extent.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Script, additional A Greek
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Language, additional A Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting greek: ptolemaic cursive, hand of Petepiphis
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text was placed onto the upper two-third of the object.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines [1]+3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 0
Column Height (in mm) 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 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 [///] is confirmed by Esphouti,(?) son of Pametis, of having paid a lost tax, presumably the salt tax, for a lost regnal year. Countersigned by Phatres, son of Hartophanchtes. Greek subscription mentioning Petepiphis.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Greek subscription mentioning Petepiphis.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ı͗n NN ḥḏ qd x n ḥḏ ḥmꜣ
2n ḥsb.t x n-ḏr.t Ns-pꜣ-ḥwṱ(?) sꜣ Pa-mtr
3ḥsb.t x ı͗bd x x sw x sẖ Pꜣ-ḥtr (sꜣ) Ḥr-tꜣy=f-nḫṱ
4διὰ Πετεπίφιος

1[Ths has brought NN x kite for the salt tax]
2[for the xth regnal year.] Issued by Esphouti(?), son of Pametis.
3[xth regnal year], xth of [///]. Countersigned by Phatres, son of Hartophnachthes.
4Through Petepiphis.
Places (read out from edition)


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 -256 BCE -255 BCE Dating by palaeography. Dating by content. Dating by prosopography.;




DatasetID 316929
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek); Jan Moje (Demotic; metadata)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 316929 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 17855), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek); Jan Moje (Demotic; metadata).