O. BM EA 50716
Other nos.: -
Description: Limestone, 14.6 x 18.9 cm. Inscribed on two sides in black ink, obverse (a) 2 lines above and partly underneath a depiction of a bull in black outline drawing, (b) 3 lines perpendicular to obverse (a) to the left of the depiction of the bull, reverse 3 vertical columns of workmen's marks (or 'funny signs') . Top obverse = right edge reverse. Damaged: only a few signs remain of obverse (a) 2, beginnings of obverse (b) 1-2 chipped off. Correction by scribe in obverse (b) 2.
Classification: account - delivery
Keywords: cattle - wood - woodwork
Provenance: Purchased by the British Museum in 1912 from M. Mohassib; mark: 50716.
Publication: Demaree, Ramesside Ostraca , 32, pls. 108-109 (photographs, description, transcription, commentary); Parkinson, Cracking Codes . The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment , London 1999, 96 no. 20 (photographs, description, commentary).
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Dyn. 19 (Parkinson); dyn. 19 or dyn. 20 (Demaree).
Contents: Obverse (a) a literary text: a miscellany text, obverse (b): an account of received goods, reverse: workmen's marks (or 'funny signs') (see Remarks).
Terminology: ir n (obv. (b) 1, 2); Ssp m Dr.t=f (obv. (b) ~1#)
Names/Titles: -
Remarks: Content(s): for references to similar ostraca with workmen's marks (or 'funny signs') , cf. Demaree, Ramesside Ostraca , 34.

Record last updated 2005-12-01

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