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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ostracon, fragment (two pieces joined) of the body of a red-brown pottery vessel, the fabric is partially grey in section, the interior is covered with traces of a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is grooved in a number of places, covered with a red-brown slip and remains of sixteen lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing part of a letter.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 103 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 91 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Remains of sixteen lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
      • Inscription Translation

        Translation by W.E. Crum: ". . .] all the night, they being [unable ? to] come forth from the [...] the gate (and) unable [to remain?] there; and they were disquiet[ed. And ]so the dux sent them southward, (saying), Let each one remain at his gate. And send out, so that we may arrange the matter of the ship; for we have given our hand to the little brothers that we would come today and pay a solidus. Give it to my father, Apa Justus, from John, his son." [Note by J. Cromwell: 'solidus' in the text is rendered as 'holokottinos', i.e. the principal gold coin of the period.]
  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 87600 ( bibliographic details
    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.95 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (two piece joined)

  • Associated names

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


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