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ostracon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA55736

  • Description

    Ostracon, fragment from the body of a large red-brown pottery vessel, fabric black in section, interior slightly grooved and covered with small traces of a dark resinous deposit, exterior ribbed and with remains of twenty-one lines of Coptic text finely written in black ink, the sixth line being smudged, containing part of a letter.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 137 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 104 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        exterior
      • Inscription Language

        Coptic
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Remains of twenty-one lines of fine Coptic text written in black ink - the sixth being smudged.
      • Inscription Translation

        Translation by W.E. Crum: ". . . ] it is [writes to his] dear [father.....]. Before [all things I . . . . .] your fathership [. . . . .] send 8 [camels], that we may (?) load them with fodder (?). [Be so] kind and send(?) [. . . . .] loaves to us and [send?] out the(?) brother and my brother Phi[. . .], that they may stay with us in [. . . . .]. For lo, my brother Papnoute is sick (?), and the papa too will pay (him) a little visit (?). And afterwards he (?) will raise . . . . . . And provide 3 good camels (4) for wine for us . . . . When the camels come up (? down) loaded with fodder, send them out to us, that we may(?) load them (with the wine) for coming down (?up). Farewell in the Lord."
  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 87592 (http://www.trismegistos.org/text/87592) bibliographic details
    • Crum & Bell 1922 p.89-90 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1923

  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA55736

  • Registration number

    1923,0327.3

  • Additional IDs

    • O.Sarga 93 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)

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