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ostracon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA55837

  • Description

    Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red-brown pottery vessel, the fabric is black in section, the interior is slightly grooved and covered with a dark-brown resinous substance, the exterior is covered with a red-brown coloured slip and bears very faint traces of at least two lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing an invoice.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 65 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        exterior
      • Inscription Language

        Coptic
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Very faint traces of at least two lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
      • Inscription Translation

        Note by W.E. Crum: "This ostracon is probably complete, but the ink on the left side is so faint as to be illegible. It is hterefore not certain that it is an invoice and not (e.g.) a receipt, beginning with a date."
  • Curator's comments

    The character of this ostracon is not certain, owing to its brevity. It may conceivably be a receipt without a date; but it seems unlikely that receipts, except by an accident, would be issued without a date, and on the whole it is most probable that it was a note of the destination and, in most cases, nature and amount, of a consignment, sent with it as a check on full delivery.
    This ostracon is probably complete, but the ink on the left side is so faint as to be illegible. It is therefore not certain that it is an invoice and not (e.g.) a receipt, beginning with a date. It mentions the same place as 1923,0327.49 (O.Sarga 194).

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  • Bibliography

    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.152 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (worn)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1923

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA55837

  • Registration number

    1923,0327.104

  • Additional IDs

    • O.Sarga 195 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)

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