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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 slightly grooved and covered with a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is covered with a red-brown slip and remains of five lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing a receipt.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 76 millimetres (max)
- Width: 91 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of five lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by J. Cromwell [unpublished]: "Thoth 22. Tsanhor. Wine: 32 large measures. Johannes, camel-driver."
In this and several other receipts the camel-driver is named John. It is however doubtful whether the same person is concerned throughout. In 1923,0327.187 (O.Sarga 227) the name is "John the younger", in 1923,0327.190 (O.Sarga 228) "John the elder", and we also have a John on 1923,0327.174 (O.Sarga 351) or 1923,0327.121 (O.Sarga 354), a John 1923,0327.116 (O.Sarga 370), and a John on 1923,0327.118 (O.Sarga 121); 1923,0327.276 (O.Sarga 122); 1923,0327.277 (O.Sarga 385). These may conceivably all be the same, but the name was a very common one, and it is more likely that there were several camel-drivers called John.
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 226 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
- SB XVIII 13415 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA61162
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