Ostracon, fragment of the body of a brown pottery ribbed vessel, the fabric is partially grey in section, the interior is spotted with traces of a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is covered with a red-brown slip and remains of nine lines of Coptic text written in black ink, now worn away in places, containing a receipt.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 125 millimetres (max)
- Width: 99 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of nine lines of Coptic text written in black ink, now worn away in places.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: "Received (from) brother Pisoou for (his) 'caput' for the fourth indiction fifteen and a quarter carats = 15 1/4 c. (of the standard) of Alexandria. Choiach 7, indiction 4, for harbour dues (?). Constantius, correct, Menas, son of Ama Mus . . . correct."
This receipt is exceptional, being a tax-receipt; cf. 1923,0327.135 (O.Sarga 344). As such it is of some interest, especially as it seems to contain an allusion to the 'caput' or personal unit of taxation.
fair (text faded)
- Named in inscription: Alexandria
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Alexandria (Egypt))
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 369 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA59215
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