Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red-brown coloured ribbed pottery vessel, the fabric is black in section, the interior is covered with a dark-brown resinous substance, the exterior is covered with a brown-coloured slip, one line of cord-marked decoration and remains of two lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing an invoice.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 80 millimetres (max)
- Width: 87 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of two lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: "Apa Elias. Wine, 90 large measures."
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.
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 199 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
- SB XVIII 13385 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA59179
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