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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ostracon, large fragment of the body of a light-brown pottery ribbed vessel, the interior is covered with dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is covered with self-slip and faint traces of ten lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing part of a letter.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 111 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 105 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Faint traces of ten lines of Coptic text written in black ink. Part of a letter, addressed to "[my] dear brother George the hermit", from Basil. The words visible are not secutively intelligible. In 3 "the prison" is perhaps mentioned.
      • Inscription Translation

        Note by W.E. Crum: "Part of a letter, addressed to '[my] dear brother George, the hermit', from Basil. The words visible are not consecutively intelligible. In 3 'the prison' is perhaps mentioned."
  • Bibliography

    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.103-4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (text faded)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • O.Sarga 117 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)


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