- Museum number
- Series: The London Magical Papyrus
P Leiden/London, recto cols. 1-3, verso cols. 25vo-27vo. Papyrus written with black and red ink; demotic text recto and verso: spells and recipes; Old Coptic glosses.
On the recto are a series of spells and recipes arranged in twenty-nine columns written between ruled lines. These include spells for divination, love spells, poisons and spells of healing. On the verso are apparently discontinuous memoranda, prescriptions and short invocations.
PDM xiv. 1-92 (cols. 1/1-3/35): Vessel Divination
PDM xiv. 1155-62 (col. 25vo/1-8): Love Spell
PDM xiv. 1163-79 (cols. 26vo/1-27vo/8): Vessel Divination
The spells are typical products of the syncretistic culture of Late Antiquity.
This very late demotic papyrus was sold in two parts in Thebes, the first part going to London and the second to Leiden, where it proved important in deciphering the demotic script, since the text contains glosses in a mixture of Greek and demotic characters now known as Old Coptic. The entire roll measured some 5 m.
Thompson's MS Catalogue: "Writing on both sides. recto (horiz. fibres) 10 cols. averaging 8 1/2 x 8 in. verso (vert. fibres) 9 small cols." [regarding all London fragments, 10070/1-3].
- Production date
Length: 66.20 centimetres (frame)
Width: 28.40 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
Recto: PDM xiv: 1-92 (Col. I/1-III/35)
Johnson, in Betz, pp. 195-200.
J. Dieleman. Priests, Tongues, and Rites (Leiden, 2005): 39, 52, 112, 122, 264, 297, 308.
Verso: PDM xiv. 1155-79 (col. xxv/1-xxvii/8)
Johnson, in Betz. pp. 248-9.
J. Dieleman. Priests, Tongues, and Rites (Leiden, 2005): 39
(PDM xiv. 1172-9).
Cf. entry in www.trismegistos.org - DAHT.
Quack, J.F. 2022. Altägyptische Amulette und ihre Handhabung. Orientalische Religionen in der Antike 31. Tübingen.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010/11 Oct-Mar, Leiden, National Museum Of Antiquities, Egyptian Magic
- Papyrus Survey:
Binding: magic tape
Binding: copydex self adhesive carpet tape
Object Priority: A
Mount Priority: A
Overall Condition: A
Curatorial condition comment:
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Anastasi 1072
Miscellaneous number: Frame.1
Miscellaneous number: P Leiden/London