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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ostracon, fragment from the body of a red-brown pottery ribbed vessel, the fabric is grey in section, interior covered with a dark-brown resinous deposit, with remains of sixteen lines of Coptic text written in black ink on the exterior, containing an order for payment.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 142 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 98 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Remains of 16 lines of Coptic text written in black ink, worn in places.
      • Inscription Translation

        Translation by W.E. Crum: "Give it to Apa Mine (Mena), from Enoch his father. Be so kind and give 11 small 'lahe' of wine to Apa Peter [son of?] Pargamos, that he may [take them ?] to the dwelling of Apa Macarius. Makes (total), wine, small 11. Lest you should [be] contentious, I have subscribed with my hand. Written 20th Mesore. Enoch, I consent. Written by me, Phoebammon"
  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 87652 ( bibliographic details
    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.139 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (text worn - two pieces joined)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • O.Sarga 169 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)


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