Ostracon, fragment of the body of a drab-coloured pottery vessel, interior is ribbed and covered with a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is covered with a brown-slip and remains of three lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing a receipt.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 57 millimetres (max)
- Width: 85 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of three lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by J. Cromwell [unpublished]: "Mesore 23: 40 'knidia' [i.e. small measures] […]. Mesore 24: 12 'lakoote' [i.e. large measures]. 19 'knidia'. 49 small."
This receipt includes payments on two successive days and was therefore perhaps not intended for the camel-driver. It is in a miniscule hand. The ink is very faint.
fair (text faded)
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 343 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA61104
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