O. DeM 00439
Other nos.: O. IFAO 01351
  
Description: Limestone, 13.5 x 8.5 cm. Black ink, obverse 8 lines, reverse 9 lines, top obverse = top reverse. Damaged; ends of obv. 7, 8, rev. 1, 2, and 8 lost.
Classification: letter
Keywords: adultery - door - woodwork
Provenance: Deir el-Medina; found in Grand Puits to the north of the temple, 15-04-1949; mark: 15.4.49 (GP)
Publication: Černý, Ostraca Deir El Medineh V, 27, pl. 26 (description, transcription); Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 124, no. 110 (translation); Borghouts, RdE 33 (1981), 11-22 (translation, commentary); Kitchen, Pharaoh Triumphant , 199 (translation); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 49, no. 23 (translation, commentary); Wente, Letters , 148, no. 202 (translation)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Dyn. 20 (Černý, Wente)
Contents: Obverse: a man tells about a quarrel with his wife, who has left the house after having spoken. Reverse: someone (a woman?) writes to a man about his wife's sleeping around. Identity of the correspondents and exact purport of the matter unclear.
Terminology: -
Names/Titles: an. (wn ; obv. 8? see Remarks); MnTw (deity; rev. 6)
Remarks: Obv. 8: wn 'doorkeeper' (Borghouts, RdE 33 (1981), 12?

Record last updated 2006-07-27


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