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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ostracon, fragment of the body of a light-brown pottery vessel, the interior is covered with a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is covered with a brown slip and very faint traces of five lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing an invoice.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 74 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 38 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Very faint traces of five lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
      • Inscription Translation

        Translation by W.E. Crum: "Eustathius (?), camel-driver. Wheat, 20 artabas."
  • Curator's comments

    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.


  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 36341 ( bibliographic details
    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.154 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (text very worn)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • O.Sarga 201 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)


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