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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ostracon, section (three fragments joined) of the body of a red-brown pottery vessel, the interior is slightly grooved and covered with a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is covered with a red-brown slip and remains of seven lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing part of a letter.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 173 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 117.5 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Remains of seven lines of Coptic text written in black ink, writ large.
      • Inscription Translation

        Translation by W.E. Crum: "Joseph the baker came from the vineyard meadow, (saying,) Did not Apa (?) Papnoute the steward say, Give 6 of pure (wine) to the camelherds."
  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 87608 ( bibliographic details
    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.100-101 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (three fragments 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 110 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)


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