O. Berlin P 10627
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Description: Pottery sherd. Inscribed on one side in black ink, 13 lines. Complete.
Classification: letter (see Remarks)
Keywords: companion - junior - pregnancy - nmH
Provenance: Bought on the West Bank of Luxor at the beginning of the 20th century.
Publication: Deir el Medine online, URL: http://dem-online.gwi.uni-muenchen.de (description, transcription, transliteration, translation, photograph and commentary); Erman, ZÄS 42 (1905), 100-102 (translation, commentary); Fischer-Elfert, Lesefunde im Literarischen Steinbruch von Deir el-Medina , Wiesbaden 1997, 44-47 (transcription, transliteration, translation of lines 4-6, commentary) ; Guilmot, CdE 80 (1965), 235-248 (translation, commentary), Hieratische Papyrus aus den königlichen Museen zu Berlin herausgegeben von der Generalverwaltung III, Leipzig 1911, Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions VI, 155-156 (transcription); pls. XXXIII-XXXIIIa (facsimile, transcription); Möller, Hieratische Lesestucke III, pl. 9 (facsimile); Schott, Altägyptische Liebeslieder. Mit Märchen und Liebesgeschichten , Zurich 1950, 114 no. 55 (translation); Sweeney, Correspondence and Dialogue , 59, 197, 202, 248 (transliteration, translation, commentary of lines 3-6, 6, 9-11 ); Wente, Letters , 149 no. 206 (translation)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Second half of dyn. 19 ( Hieratische Papyrus aus den koniglichen Museen zu Berlin herausgegeben von der Generalverwaltung III, Guilmot); dyn. 19 (Möller, Erman); dyn. 20, Ramesses III, or Ramesses IV (Wente).
Contents: A letter of reproach by an anonymous author to the scribe Nxw-m-Mw.t. Nxw-m-Mwt' s various personal characteristics are criticized.
Terminology: n NN m anx wDA snb m Hs.w.t (1-2); Hna Dd (3); ky Dd (8)
Names/Titles: an. (aDd.w ; 10); an. (nmH ; 11); an. (Hm.t of Nxw-m-Mw.t ; f.; 7; see Remarks); Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w (nTr=k Sps.y ; pAy=k nb nfr ; deity; 1-2) ; Nxw-m-Mw.t (sS ; 1)
Remarks: Classification: instead of "(missive) letter", the classification "public letter, belonging to the context of school texts" is suggested by Fischer-Elfert, Lesefunde im literarischen Steinbruch von Deir el-Medina , Wiesbaden 1997, 46-47. For a preference for the category "(real) letter", see Burkard, GM 169 (1999), 6. Names, Titles: an. Hm.t of Nxw-m-Mw.t (7): tAy=k Hm.t is incorrectly read nAy=k Hm.w.t by Guilmot, CdE 80 (1965), 237, 240.

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