- Museum number
Limestone ostracon bearing a Coptic text containing a letter from the Bishop Abraham of Hermonthis/Ermont and concerning Psate's oppression of the poor. There are twenty lines in black pigment on the front, and a further sixteen on the back.
- Production date
Height: 12.70 centimetres
Thickness: 2 centimetres
Width: 17.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The text is a copy of an ecclesiastical letter, probably from the monastery's founding abbot Bishop Abraham (AD 590-620), to judge by the provenance and other related documents.
Such pieces of stone or pottery were used for brief notes and memoranda throughout Egyptian history.
W. Godlewski, 'Deir el-Bahari: le monastère de St Phoibammon' (Warsaw, 1986), 154 (no. 56, misnumbered);
W. Godlewski, 'Dayr Apa Phoibammon', in A.S.Atiya (ed.), 'The Coptic Encyclopedia' III (NewYork and Toronto, 1991), 779-81.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 30 Sep-2001 7 Jan, France, La Clape, Musée de l’Ephebe, L’art copte en Egypte
2000 15 May-3 Sep, France, Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, Coptic Art
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: EEF no. 2
Miscellaneous number: O.Crum 71 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)