O. BM EA 05624
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Description: Limestone, 15 x 31 cm. Black ink, obverse 7 lines, reverse 7 lines (see Remarks); obv. 5, rev. 2 and 4 partially in red. Top obverse = top reverse, end of obv. 4 written over edge. Complete, reverse rubbed off and difficult to read; slight losses at beginnings of obv. 3, 4, 6 and rev. 1.
Classification: deposition - journal : event
Keywords: appointment - apportioning - commissioning - document - drinking - gang - inactivity - junior - Necropolis - oracle - tomb (private) - working
Provenance: Acquired by the British Museum at the Sotheby auction of the Athanasi collection, 13-03-1837, lot 902.
Publication: Blackman, JEA 12 (1926), 176 and 177, 179-181, pl. XXXIV, XXXV and XL (description, transcription, translation, commentary, photograph; see Remarks); Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 43-45, no. 20 (translation, commentary; see Remarks); Birch, Inscriptions in the Hieratic and Demotic Character , pl. 14 (facsimile); Demarée, Ramesside Ostraca , 15 and 16, pls. 7 and 8 (description, transcription, photographs); Erman, Zwei Aktenstücke ... , 336-347 (transcription, translation, commentary); Grandet, in: Les artistes de Pharaon , 294, no. 241 (photograph obverse, description, commentary, bibliography); R. Hari, Horemheb et la reine Moutnedjmet ou la fin d'une dynastie , Genève 1964, 400 and 401, pl. LXVII, fig. 86 (photograph, facsimile, transcription, translation and commentary of obverse; see Remarks); Helck, Die datierten und datierbaren Ostraka , 242 and 243 (translation of obverse; see Remarks); Helck, Materialien III, 346-348 (translation, commentary; see Remarks); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions V, 475 and 476 (transcription; see Remarks); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 68 and 69 (translation, commentary)
Dates mentioned: rnp.t-sp 7 nswt-bity 9sr-xpr.w-Ra anx wdA snb 1r-m-Hb anx wDA snb (obv. 1); rnp.t-sp 21 II Smw sw 1 (obv. 5); I Smw sw 6 (rev. 2); I Smw sw 7 (rev. 4)
Dates attributed: Dyn. 20, year 21 Ramesses III (Allam, Blackman, Demarée, Erman, Helck, Kitchen, McDowell); year 21 and year 22 Ramesses III (Grandet)
Contents: Statement by an unnamed person about the assignment of a tomb to his ancestor 1Ay in regnal year 7 of King Horemheb. Through an oracle of Amenhotep I, the same tomb was given to the speaker on II Smw of year 21 (of Ramesses III), and he began working in it. Almost a year later, on I Smw 7, the scribe Imn-nxt points out that his tomb gives access to the nearby tomb of the workman 2a-m-Nwn . See Remarks.
Terminology: m bAH Imn-Htp anx wDA snb (obv. 5); mDA.t (obv. 7; in m mDA.t ); hrw n sao i.ir NN r pA 2r (obv. 1-2)
Names/Titles: an. (Pr-aA anx wDA snb ; king; obv. 3); Imn (for Imn-ms ? obv. 3; see Remarks); Imn-nxt (sS ; rev. 6); Imn-Htp anx wDA snb (deity; obv. 5); BAk-n-wrnr (rmT-is.t ; rev. 5-6); Nfr-Htp (AT.w ; rev. 4); 1Ay (rmT-is.t ; it of speaker; obv. 1-2 - written rmT , 3 - no title, 6 - no title); 1nr (mw.t of speaker; Sri.t of 1Ay ; f.; obv. 3-~4#); 1r sA 1y-nfr (rev. 5); 2a-m-Nwn (rmT-is.t ; rev. 1, 7 - no title); 2nsw (aA n is.t ; rev. 4); 9Hwty-ms (aA n pr n Niw.t ; obv. 2); 9sr-xpr.w-Ra anx wDA snb 1r-m-Hb anx wDA snb (king; obv. 1)
Remarks: Description, Publication: the 'recto' of Blackman, Allam, Hari, Helck and Kitchen is actually the reverse (and their 'verso' the obverse), since the text starts with the regnal year of Horemheb (as was assumed by Erman); see McDowell, Village Life , 69: in regnal years of Ramesses III, I Smw sw 6 (rev. 2) was later, not earlier, than II Smw sw 1 (obv. 5). Contents: text related to O. Florence 2621 and P. Berlin P 10496. Names, Titles: emendation Imn-ms in obv. 3 based on P. Berlin P 10496 (see Blackman, JEA 12 (1926), 177, note 11 and other authors).

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