O. Cairo CG 25536
Other nos.: O. Cairo JE 96070; O. Cairo SR 01207
  
Description: Limestone, 14 x 21 cms. Damaged (several pieces). Two sides. Obverse: 8 lines in black ink; reverse: 13 lines in black ink, perpendicular to writing on obverse. Obverse shows damage along the breaks, and on left and bottom edges; reverse along the breaks and at bottom right and along the left edge. Correction by the scribe in obverse, 2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 7, reverse, 6, 8. Signs crossed out by scribe between obverse, 7-8 and reverse, 11-13, as well as below reverse, 13. Very faint numerals can been seen on the bottom half of reverse (palimpsest ?).
Classification: account - journal : delivery - event - expense - labour
Keywords: construction site - inactivity - inspecting work - lamp - side (of gang) - storehouse - term - work
Provenance: Valley of Kings; excavations Th. Davis; see Remarks
Publication: Černý, Ostraca Caire , 16 (description and transcription of older (?) text on reverse), 33* (transcription), pl. XXIII (photograph); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions IV, 402-404 (transcription); Wimmer, Hieratische Palaeographie 1, 56-57 (transcription; but see Wimmer, Hieratische Palaeographie 1, 22); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 216-217 no. 166 (translation of obverse 1-8); Helck, Die datierten und datierbaren Ostraka , 169 and171 (partial translations), 166-169 (outline of content)
Dates mentioned: rnp.t-sp 1 II Ax.t sw 12 (obv. 1); IV Ax.t sw 2 (obv. ~3#); III Ax.t sw 28 (obv. 4); I pr.t sw 11 (obv. 4); I pr.t sw 8 (obv. 7); X pr.t sw 17 (obv. ~7#); rnp.t-sp 2 I pr.t sw 4-6 (rev. 1-4); I pr.t sw 11-13 (rev. 5-7); I pr.t sw 15-18 (rev. 8-~10#); I pr.t sw 25 (rev. ~13#)
Dates attributed: N o date given (Černý) ; dyn. 19, year 1 Siptah ( Kitchen, Wimmer, Helck )
Contents: Inspection of the work by the vizier 1r , and the subsequent progress in cubits (most probably in a royal tomb) made in the months that follow (obverse); reverse: lamp / wick account.
Terminology: iny.t (rev. 6); iny.t pA wDA m hrw pn (rev. 1); iry.t (obv. ~7#); iry.t m-im=f (obv. 2, above 4); wnmy (obv. ~5#; in tA ri.t smHy r tA ri.t wnmy ); wsf (rev. 9); bAk.w (obv. above 4, ~7#); m hrw pn (rev. 1, 8, 9, ~11#, 12, 13); mn (rev. below 13); nfr.y.t r (?) (obv. ~7#); r mH Y (obv. 4); r SAa r (obv. 7); hAw (rev. 13); hAw n xbs iry m hrw pn (rev. 7-8); hAw n xbs m hrw pn (rev. 3, ~4#, 5, 7, 8 (only hAw n xbs ), 9, ~10#, ~11#, ~12#, 13); hAw iry m-im=w (rev. 6); hAw iry m-im=sn (rev. 2); hrw n Ssp bAk.w in NN (obv. 1); smHy (obv. 5; see wnmy above); Ssp bAk.w (obv. 1 (in hrw n Ssp bAk.w ), 3, 6); dmD (obv. 6, rev. 4, 8)
Names/Titles: an. (TAty ; obv. 3); 1r (im.y-r Niw.t TAty ; obv. 1)
Remarks: Provenance: see Reeves, Valley of the Kings , 292-321, with figs. 96-97 on p. 300 and 302, showing some of the site designations used by Davis. For the scribe of this text, see Donker van Heel, Haring, Writing in a Workmen's Village , 53-64.

Record last updated 2005-06-03


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