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Pap. New York, Brooklyn Museum 47.218.135

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Inventory Number Pap. New York, Brooklyn Museum 47.218.135
Current Location New York, Brooklyn Museum
Comments on Inventory Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status unpublished

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site unknown () [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance Details Container marked ‘Black 7.’ Not known.
Ancient Provenance District unknown () [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery find or purchase
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Wilbour, Charles Edwin
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt unknown
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt unknown () [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution donation
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Wilbour, Charles Edwin
Certainty: high
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Mass of papyrus fragments and portion of small papyrus roll. Inscribed on recto in small, clear black Hieratic. Fragments are of fair size and appear to belong to same text as roll.
Mounting (unknown)
Restoration Activities Aug. - Dec. 1959, assembled by Mr. Giambalvo, including frags, from envelopes and boxes other than .135. Photographed Jan., 1960 (negs. I - IX); prints sent to G. Posener.
Comments on Object Overall: 7 7/8 × 52 1/8 in. (20 × 132.4 cm) a: Glass: 13 x 20 in. (33 x 50.8 cm) a: Object: 9 7/16 x 17 5/16 in. (24 x 44 cm) b: Glass: 13 x 20 in. (33 x 50.8 cm) b: Object: 9 1/16 x 19 11/16 in. (23 x 50 cm) c: Glass: 13 1/16 x 18 11/16 in. (33.2 x 47.5 cm) c: Object: 9 1/4 x 14 in. (23.5 x 35.5 cm) d: Glass: 13 x 14 15/16 in. (33 x 38 cm) d: Largest Fragment: 1 x 2 3/16 in. (2.5 x 5.5 cm) Measurements: Length of roll, 13 cm. Dimensions: L. 132.4 cm. ; H. 17.5 to 20 cm.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Five columns of text. Inscribed on recto in small, clear black Hieratic. Six columns of text. The papyrus roll under glass presently comprising six columns of text. There are an additional 77 (approximately) unplaced fragments.
Script, Primary Hieratic
Language, Primary Middle Egyptian
Comments on Text Layout The number of lines per columns varies between 16 and 21.


Text Content

Modern Title Hieratic Wisdom Text - Brooklyn Wisdom Papyrus
Ancient Archives (Uncertain)
Ancient Author of Text (Unknown)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • literary | wisdom
Summary of Content Hieratic Wisdom Text. The content of the papyrus indicates that it belongs to the genre of “wisdom literature.” Its central theme is the relationship between the servant and the superior.
Location of Composition unknown unknown Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)




RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Late Period (26th dynasty - 31st dynasty) Late Period, end of the Saite Period, late 6th century B.C.E.;



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DatasetID 318235
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Verena Lepper; Daniela C. Härtel
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 318235 (= Pap. New York, Brooklyn Museum 47.218.135), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Verena Lepper; Daniela C. Härtel.