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.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 47 millimetres (max)
- Width: 65 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationVery faint traces of at least two lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationNote 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."
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).
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 195 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA59201
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