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Ostracon, large fragment of the body of a light-brown pottery cylindrical vessel, the fabric is partially grey in section, the interior is spotted with a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior, which is grooved in a number of places, is covered with red-brown slip and remains of seven lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing an invoice.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 95 millimetres (max)
- Width: 121 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of seven lines of Coptic text written in black ink, faded in places.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: "Enoch it is writes to my brother Papnoute, (saying,) Lo, I have sent up (? down) 36 sacks of corn to you, making a total of four score and five 'artabae': [makes sacks] 36, 85 'artabae' of corn. Written, month [ ], 10th Indiction."
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 187 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA60764
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