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Papyrus Fragments Inscribed in Demotic

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

CULTURE Aramaic
MEDIUM Papyrus, ink
  • Possible Place Made: Elephantine, Egypt
  • DATES 664-525 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period, probably Saite Period
    DIMENSIONS Largest Fragment: 1 × 2 3/8 in. (2.5 × 6 cm) Small Box of Fragments: 1 3/4 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in. (4.5 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 47.218.105
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Approximately 40 fragments, most of which are inscribed in Demotic; 4 fragments are written in Late Period Hieratic. 12 of these have text on the verso as well. The Demotic fragments have been identified as belonging to business contracts. The Hieratic fragments are too small to afford more than the reading of a sign or two. A few lengthwise strips are intact and segments of one of folds preserved. Condition: Very bad. Possibly intact when discovered but since, very badly broken. 47.218.105b: A few vertical strips with Aramaic text; now located with 47.218.150 and 47.218.152.
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