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Ostr. Berlin P. 14782

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 14782
Publication Number Hintze 1977, Nr.3
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory 1963 available; 2014 available
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: medium
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Certainty: medium
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto (excavation director)
Certainty: medium
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 185 mm | 240 mm | 9 mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation On the left-hand side there seems to be a fresh break.

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) The ink is badly faded or rubbed off at the end of lines and in lines 9-10.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting A relatively cursive documentary hand, with occaisonal ligatures.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 10
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 240
Column Height (in mm) 154
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Ancient Author of Text Abraham, son of Johannes
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | dept instrument
Summary of Content Debt acknowledgement about 0.5 solidus with the Syene standard. Should be paid back "when I come north again". Written in Mesore, the day and indiktion year are uncertain.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Addresse is Paham (the centurion), son of Abraham, just like in P. 14803 and P. 14781; writer (and witness) is David, son of Mena, identical with the David in P.14781, P.14791, P.14793, P.10834. The date is given with a Greek formula.
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ϯ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲁⲃⲣⲁϩⲁⲙ ⲓ̈ⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ ⲡⲥⲁⲛⲛⲉϩ ⲉϥⲥϩⲁⲓ̈ ⲛⲡⲁϩⲁⲙ
2ⲁⲃⲣⲁϩⲁⲙ ⲡⲕⲉⲛⲧⲏⲣⲓⲟⲛ ⲙ︦ⲡⲁⲓ̈ϯⲙⲉ ⲛ︦ⲉⲓⲏⲃ ϫⲉ ⲧⲓ
3ϩⲟⲙⲟⲗⲓⲅⲓ ⲉⲭⲣⲉⲱⲥⲧⲓ ⲛⲁⲕ ⲛⲟⲩⲡⲁϣⲉ ⲛϩⲟⲗⲟⲕ,ϩⲟⲗⲟⲕⲟⲧⲧⲓⲛⲟⲥ
4ⲡϣⲓ ⲛ︦ⲥⲟⲩⲁⲛ ⲅⲓ,ⲅⲓⲛⲉⲧⲁⲓ ⲭⲣ,ⲭⲣⲩⲥⲟⲩ ⲋ ⲍ,ⲍⲩⲅⲱ ⲥⲩⲏⲛⲉ ⲛⲁⲓ ⲧⲉⲛⲟⲩ
5ⲥⲩⲛ ϯⲟ ⲛ︦ϩⲉⲧⲟⲓⲙⲱⲥ ⲛⲧⲁⲧⲁⲁⲩ ⲛⲁⲕ
6ⲉⲓϣⲁⲛⲉⲓ ϩⲁϩⲏⲧ ⲭⲱⲣⲓⲥ ⲗⲁⲩ ⲛ︦ⲁⲛⲧⲓⲗⲟⲅⲓⲁ
7ⲉⲅⲣⲁⲫⲏ ⲙ ⲙⲉⲥⲟⲣⲏ ⲉ ⲓⲛⲇ ⲇⲉⲩⲧⲉⲣⲁ
8ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲇⲁⲩⲉⲓⲇ ⲙⲏⲛⲁ
9ⲡⲉⲓ̈ ⲉⲗⲁⲭ
1I, Abraham, son of Johannes, the oil merchant am writing to Paham
2son of Abraham, the centurion of this town of Elephantine, that I
3acknowledge that I owe you half a solidus in
4the Syene standard, that is half a solidus worth of gold in the Syene standard. Now these
5with (the help of) God, I am ready to give back to you
6when I come north, without dispute.
7Written in Mesore day 5, 2nd indiktion year
8I, David, son of Mena
9the most humble
Places (read out from edition)
  • ⲉⲓⲏⲃ (places.xml#s3)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    2375 man Abraham, son of Johannes ⲁⲃⲣⲁϩⲁⲙ ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ Coptic







    DatasetID 800101
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 87771
    Author Andrea Hasznos, Daniel Werning
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 800101 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 14782), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos, Daniel Werning.