O. Cairo CG 25509
Other nos.: O. Cairo JE 96071; O. Cairo SR 01208
  
Description: Limestone, 35 x 18 cms, in many fragments. Damaged. Two sides. Obverse: two columns of 20 and 31 lines in black ink except I 15 which is in red ink. Reverse continues obverse in 7 damaged lines. Another text on the reverse is found upside down at the bottom, and is labelled 25509 alpha . Obverse is damaged along the right rim causing loss of writing, esp. from I 15 onwards. Col. II is damaged along the top, in l. 9 and from l. 20 onwards. Top obverse = bottom reverse. Correction by the scribe in obverse II 12, 24 and 30, and reverse alpha 4 and 5.
Classification: account - journal: event - labour
Keywords: arrival - bronze - construction site - gang - inactivity - message - metalwork - side (of gang) - tools - working
Provenance: Valley of Kings; Davis/Ayrton excavations 1905-1906; mark: X.7, X.11 and X.73 (northeast of KV 13 at base of cliffs); see Reeves, Valley of the Kings , 112 n. 2 and 299.
Publication: Černý, Ostraca Caire , 4 (description), 6* (transcription), pl. IV-V (photograph of obverse, facsimile of reverse); Daressy, ASAE 27 (1927), 172-173 (transcription); Černý, JEA 15 (1929), 250 (transcription of reverse alpha 2-5); Helck, Materialien VI, (985) (translation of reverse alpha ); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions IV, 299-302 (transcription); Wimmer, Hieratische Palaeographie 1, 43-44 (transcription of reverse; but see Wimmer, Hieratische Palaeographie 1, 22); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 209-210 no. 158 (translation of obv. I 15-20); Helck, Die datierten und datierbaren Ostraka , 128-129 (translation)
Dates mentioned: rnp.t-sp 1 III pr.t sw 23-30 (obv. I 1-9); IV pr.t sw 1-30 (obv. I 10 - II 25); rnp.t-sp 1 I Smw sw 1-13 (obv. II 26 - rev. ~7#); IV pr.t sw 21 (obv. I 15); see Remarks.
Dates attributed: Dyn. 19, year 1 Seti II ( Černý, Kitchen, Wimmer, Helck )
Contents: Day by day entries of gang being at work or idle; mention of Seti II (obverse, I 1-2) and a mi.t.t '(the copy of) a letter' account / issue of tools to the left and right sides (obverse, I 15-20, reverse alpha ); total of days of work / idleness (to the left of obv. II 12-13).
Terminology: iw=w wsf (obv. I 3, 5, 8-13, II 3-[9], 11, 12-15, 17, 24-28, rev. 1, 3-5); iw=w bAk (obv. I ~4#, ~6#, 7, ~14#, II 1, ~2#, 10, 16, 18, 19, ~20#, ~21#, 22, 23, 29, rev. 6, 7); iw tA is.t Hr bAk (rev. 2); wp sn (obv. I 17); wsf (obv. 12, ~31#); bAk (obv. 13, 30, rev. alpha , 1); mn (rev. alpha , 4, 5); hrw n ii (obv. I 1); hrw n di.t nA xA.w n tA is.t (obv. I 15-[16]); Hr tA ri.t wnmy (obv. I 18); Hr tA ri.t smHy (obv. I 19); dmD (obv. I 20, rev. alpha 5 (?))
Names/Titles: Wsr-xpr.w-Ra Mr.n-Imn anx wDA snb (king; obv. I 2)
Remarks: Dates mentioned: for IV pr.t in obv. I 3, read III pr.t . For the scribe of this text, see Donker van Heel, Haring, Writing in a Workmen's Village , 53-64.

Record last updated 2007-05-08


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