O. Ashmolean Museum 0005
Other nos.: O. Gardiner 0005; HO 18, 1
  
Description: Limestone,18 x 23 cms (if facsimile in Hieratic Ostraca is on scale of 1:1). Two sides; obverse: eight lines; reverse: drawing and an illegible line of hieratic. Black ink. Damaged at the left edge, causing some loss of writing. Palimpsest; the text was written over a list of workmen's marks (or 'funny signs') in red ink.
Classification: letter
Keywords: cattle - document - fat - goat - message - pig - silver - village
Provenance: No indication
Publication: Černý-Gardiner, Hieratic Ostraca , 6 (description) and pl. 18-18A no. 1 (facsimile, transcription); Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 152-153 no. 148 (translation, commentary); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions VI, 211 (transcription); Wente, Letters , 140 no. 177 (translation)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Dyn. 20, Ramesses IV ( Kitchen ); Ramesses IV or Ramesses V (Wente)
Contents: Letter instructing the guardian 2ay to buy an ox (see Remarks) for the goddess Mr=s-gr , and not to indulge in using other people's (pots of) fat. Some more not quite clear reproaches, mentioning a sacred town and the addressee's own town (Deir el-Medina?).
Terminology: n NN Hna Dd (obv. 1); Sa.t (obv. 1)
Names/Titles: an. (rwD aA ; obv. 5); pA dmi (geo.; 7 ); Mr=s-gr (f.; deity ; obv. 2); 2ay (sAw ; obv. 1)
Remarks: Contents: instead of nA in obv. 2 (as read by Černý-Gardiner, Hieratic Ostraca , pl. 18A ; Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 152 ; Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions VI, 211 ), read iH n "ox for" (cf. Wente, Letters , 140 ).

Record last updated 2006-11-23


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