O. DeM 00581
Other nos.: -
Description: Limestone, 18 x 21 cm. Black ink, one side, 13 lines. Complete but ink washed or smudged, rendering the surface grey and making it difficult to read the text; slight damage at the right edge and top left.
Classification: letter
Keywords: fish - illness - paint - papyrus - reed - vegetables
Provenance: Deir el-Medina; Kom du Grand Puits, 10-12-1950
Publication: Sauneron, Ostraca Deir El Medineh [VI], 7, pls. 16 and 16a (description, transcription, facsimile); Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 137 and 138, no. 130 (translation); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions III, 536 (transcription); Wente, Letters , 142 and 143, no. 187 (translation)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Dyn. 19, Ramesses II (Kitchen, Wente)
Contents: Letter by the draughtsman 2ay (name of addressee lost), asking for some ink, reed (pens) and papyrus. A separate message to one Ra-mry refers to the writer's illness and to his lack of food.
Terminology: m Hs.w.t (~3#, 7); r nty (2, 7); ky Dd n NN (6-7); Dd.n NN n NN m anx wDA snb m Hs.w.t (~1#)
Names/Titles: an. (kAr.y ; ~10#); Ip.t-s.w.t (geo.; 3); Imn nswt (deity; 3; read Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w ?); Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w pAy=k nb (1); nswt-bity nb-tA.wy Wsr-mAa.t-Ra 4tp.n-Ra anx wDA snb (4); nTr.w nb.w Ip.t-s.w.t (deity; ~2#-3); Ra-mry sA MH (7?); 2ay (sS-od ; 1); 6A-wr.t (deity; f.; 7) Incomplete: [...] (sS ; 1?)
Remarks: Note that this letter (line 2) and O. DeM 560 (obv. 3) share the defective formula m=k Hr Dd n (...). Both letters mention the same draughtsman 2ay according to Davies, Who's Who , 154.

Record last updated 2006-07-28

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