Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by



  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ostracon, fragment of the body and rim-section of a orange-red pottery vessel with slightly convex sides and an everted ledge-rim, the fabric is partially pink in section, the exterior, which is finely grooved, is covered with a light-brown slip and remains of eight (7 + 1) lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing an account of uncertain nature.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 79 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 97 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Remains of eight (7 + 1) lines of Coptic text written in black ink. l. 8 gives a total, and of ll. 4-7 the beginnings may be preserved; though it is possible (though less likely) that the fragment contains only the ends of lines. The figures at the beginning of the lines may be either days of the month or pages of the daybook.
      • Inscription Translation

        Note by W.E. Crum: "In its present state this fragment is obscure. … The occurrence of lit(rai) rules out wine or other liquid substance. The figures at the beginning of the lines may be either days of the month or pages of the daybook."
  • Bibliography

    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.128 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • 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 155 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)


If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: YCA61110

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help