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Ostr. Berlin P. 12164

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12164
Publication Number BGU VI 1449
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
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 26 12 1906 and 26 12 1906
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto (excavation director)
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 partage
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1906 and 1906
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 88 mm | 79 mm | 12 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Only some spots on the surface chipped, lost of a larger part at the lower right rim.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) faded.
Script, Primary Greek
Script, additional A Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Language, additional A Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting documentary, ptolemaic cursive, hand of Ammonios
Comments on Text Layout Wide and partly unsteady line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire surface of the potsherd, with small but equal margins on all sides.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6+3 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 85 0
Column Height (in mm) 76 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 85 x 76 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt of delivery of μυροβάλανοι
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Bienchis, son of Harpaesis, is confirmed by Ammonios of having delivered into the syenite granary one choinix of μυροβάλανοι (nuts or cherry plums) for the 14th = 11th regnal year. Demotic subscription.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Subscription in Demotic: Date, deliverer, issuer. Partly destroyed
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text ok. problems l. 3: thesauros for myrobalanos? l. 6: Ammonios rather: sitologos?
Multilingualism Script = Language Bilingual
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ἔτους ιδ τοῦ καὶ ια
2εἰσμεμέτρηκεν εἰς τὸν
3ἐν Συήνηι θησαυρὸν?
4εἰς τὸ̣ αὐτὸ ∟ ὑ̣π̣ὲ̣ρ̣ τ̣ο̣ῦ̣
5τόπου Βιῆγχις Ἁρπ̣α̣ή̣σιος μυρο -
6βαλ̣ά̣ν̣ο̣υ̣ χοίνικα α (γίνεται) χοῖνιξ α. Ἀμώνιος μ̣ε̣μέτρημαι 1or σ̣ι̣τ̣ο̣λ(όγος) ?.

1 or σ̣ι̣τ̣ο̣λ(όγος) ?
7ḥsb.t 14 ? By-ꜥnḫ
8? n-ḏr.t
114th regnal year, which is also the 11th.
2Thus has delivered into the
3[granary? of] Syene
4of the same year for his
5land, Bienchis, son of Harpaesis: [Behen-]
6nuts, 1 cho(inix), yields in numerals: 1 cho(inix). Ammonios: It was measured to me (or: the sitologos).
714th regnal year, ⸢..?..⸣ Bienchis
8⸢..?..⸣ [///]. ˹Issued by˺
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
23760 man Ammonios sitologos Ἀμώνιος Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios X Alexander I + Cleopatra III 14=11 -104 September 15 BCE -103 September 14 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;




DatasetID 3434
last Change 29.07.2022
Berlpap 03434
Trismegistos 4737
Papyri.info ddbdp/bgu;6;1449
Author Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer/ BerlPap-Team (Greek)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 3434 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12164), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer/ BerlPap-Team (Greek).