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.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 111 millimetres (max)
- Width: 105 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationFaint 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 TranslationNote 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."
fair (text faded)
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 117 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA60819
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