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Ostr. Berlin P. 14737

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 14737
Publication Number Hintze 1977, Nr.12
Current Location magazine | ostraca depository
Comments on Inventory 2014 available
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

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: medium
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
Certainty: medium
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, red
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 85 mm | 95 mm | 8 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation surface strongly blackened probably due to burn
Comments on Object Fragment of a pottery plate; black stains on the surface probably due to fire (?)

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object two-sided
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) An den Rändern und hauptsächlich am Beginn Zeile 7 schwer lesbar.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting A practised but not very neat documentary hand. I is always longer than the line, A is open on the upper end, Trema is sometimes used.
Comments on Text Layout 8 lines on the inside (concave) and 2 on the outside (convex)
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 2 8
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 71 80
Column Height (in mm) 16 65
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Ancient Author of Text Praipositos, son of Viktor
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Acknowledgement of receipt of three beds. Praipositos, son of Viktor, acknowledges that he has received 3 beds from the steward (ⲟⲓⲕⲟⲛⲟⲙⲟⲥ) , Halo, and he can sleep on it. He will give back the beds.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Der Schreiber des Briefes ist ein dritter Person, Viktor, der an der anderen Seite den Text unterschreibt - diese zwei Zeilen ('von NN geschrieben') sind mit einer griechischen Formula angegeben
Multilingualism Script = Language Monolingual
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ⲡⲣⲁⲓⲡⲟⲥⲓⲧ,ⲡⲣⲁⲓⲡⲟⲥⲓⲧⲟⲥ Ⲃⲓⲕⲧⲱⲣ
2ⲉϥⲥϩⲁⲓ̈ ⲛ︦ⲡⲟⲓⲕⲟⲛⲟ
3ⲙⲟⲥ ϩⲁⲗ︦ⲱ ϫⲉ ϩⲉⲥ ϣⲟ
4ⲙⲛⲧ ⲛ︦ⲕⲗⲁⲕ ⲁⲓ̈ϫⲧⲟⲩ
5ⲛ︦ⲧⲟⲧⲕ ⲉⲧⲣⲁⲛ︦ⲕⲟⲧⲕ
6ⲉⲣⲟⲩ ⲛⲉⲓⲃⲟⲗ ⲏ ⲉⲓⲁ
7ⲙ︦ⲡⲣⲁⲓⲡ, ⲛⲧⲁ
1ⳁ ⲇⲓ ⲉⲙⲟⲩ ⲃⲓⲕⲧⲱⲣ
1Praipositos, son of Viktor
2is writing to the stew-
3ard, Halo, that behold, thr-
4ee beds I have received
5from you so that I can sleep
6on them
7 Praip(positos?) and I will
8give them back.
1By me, Viktor
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
2425 man Halo ϩⲁⲗ︦ⲱ Coptic



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
palaeographical datinghistorical, social setting, other texts and archives from the area, palaeography; names, military titles, business affairs in the Coptic texts from Elephantine;







DatasetID 800105
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 87978
Author Andrea Hasznos, Daniel Werning
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 800105 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 14737), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos, Daniel Werning.