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Limestone ostracon: E.GA.4695.1943

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Limestone ostracon




Writing board, part missing. Ruled Egyptian text in Demotic script from the 'Tale of Pedubastet'. Both the Egyptian Demotic language and Greek co-existed during the Ptolemaic period but Greek was the official language of administration. Demotic is a cursive form of hieroglyphic script.
There are two holes across the left-hand edge, about 0.8 cm in diamter and 6 cm apart, of unknown purpose

Measurements and weight

Length: 16.3 cm
Thickness: 1.9 cm
Width: 11.8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1943) by Gayer-Anderson, R. G. (Major)


Ptolemaic Period
Circa -0332 - Circa -0030

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1. ] r xhr 2. ] n na iwnw [n] pA grH 3. hr]wt gm.f pA xpr 4. ] Sm iw xrw.f xy Dd in 5. ] in wn ntr nty qy [r] pA ra 6. ] ... nb Htp. in wn gl-Sr 7. ] it wsir nsw irt-[n]-Hr-r.w in 8. ] ir.k Htr wn wat mrt (?) 9. X ]r n iwnw na tA-Hwt
  • Location: Recto
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Dd xpr nty (?)
  • Location: Verso
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.4695.1943
Primary reference Number: 59142
Oldadmincategory: SS
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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