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Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red-brown pottery ribbed vessel, the fabric is partially black in section, the interior is covered with a glossy brown-black resinous deposit, the exterior is covered with a red-brown slip and four lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing an invoice.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 109 millimetres (max)
- Width: 104 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationFour lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: "Apa Elias. Cheese, 16 'askalone', 8 'orgon', a large 'hots' of cheese."
The character of this ostracon is not certain, owing to its brevity. It may conceivably be a receipt without a date; but it seems unlikely that receipts, except by an accident, would be issued without a date, and on the whole it is most probable that it was a note of the destination and, in most cases, nature and amount, of a consignment, sent with it as a check on full delivery.
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 198 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA61171
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