Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red-brown ribbed pottery vessel, fabric is black in section, interior covered with a dark-brown resinous deposit, exterior covered with a red-brown slip and remains of eleven lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing part of a letter.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 172 millimetres (max)
- Width: 189 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of eleven lines of thickly Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: "Before all things I greet you. Be so kind, send a little wine out to the shepherds. For we gave them the 2 small 'hots' and they said, We want 3 a day. Come out and satisfy them. And bring 2 'maje' of dates for them. Give it to Apa Enoch, from papa Isaac. Do not delay to come [out], for they have been idle."
fair (parts of the interior have flaked away - two pieces joined)
10 March 2006
Reason for treatment
stabilise as necessary
Objects fragile/ flaky/ crumbling, some with detached fragments.
Consolidated object as necessary using a variety of concentrations of Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone), applied by pipette or micropipette. Reattached detached fragments using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) if necessary. Filled gaps with paste made from PB72, glassmicrospheres and acetone if necessary.
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 106 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA59166
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