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Ostracon, large section (five fragments joined) of the body of a light-brown pottery vessel, the fabric is partially grey in section, the exterior, grooved in a number of places and with two lines of cord-marked decoration, is covered with a red-brown slip and remains of fourteen lines of Coptic text written in black ink, consisting of a contract for work and wages.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 179 millimetres (max)
- Width: 214 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of fourteen lines of Coptic text written in black ink, worn and faded in parts.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: "The council of the holy monastery [of Apa] Thomas, through the pious father, Apa E[ ], the agent, writes to Psynhor, the salt-dealer, (saying,) [Every] month which he passes bringing 3 . . . . . [of. .] . . daily, we will pay him his wage, [name]ly, each month, 3 'artabae' of [ma]aje of fodder, a 'lakoote' of wine [ ] we will feed him therewith, a 'maa[je' ] . . . . . of pickle, a cloak [ , ] a single (shoe) sole. You too, for your part, shall do your work without any neglect, throughout the year; and we, for ours, will pay you your wage. Written month Payni 25th. (Wages) making 1 'solidus'." [Note by J. Cromwell: 'solidus' is rendered as 'nomisma' in the text.]
fair (five fragments joined)
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 164 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA60768
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