O. UC 39656
Other nos.: HO 23, 4; O. Petrie 61
Description: Limestone, 8. 1 x 7. 2 cms. Two sides; obverse: eight lines; reverse: three lines. Complete, but ink has worn away on both sides at several spots, e.g. much of text on reverse. Top obverse = top reverse. Correction by the scribe in obverse line 5.
Classification: deposition (?) - letter (?)
Keywords: divorce - house - junior - storehouse
Provenance: No indication
Publication: Černý-Gardiner, Hieratic Ostraca , 7 (description) and pl. 23-23A no. 4 (facsimile, transcription); Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 242-243 no. 243 (translation, commentary); Grandet, in Les Artistes de Pharaon , 119-120 no. 62 (photograph of obverse, description, translation, commentary, bibliography) ; Helck, Materialien III, 337-338 (translation); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 42 no. 17 (translation); see Remarks; Wente, Letters , 147 no. 199 (translation); http://www.petrie.ucl.ac.uk (photograph of obverse, description)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: M iddle of dyn. 19 (Wente)
Contents: Letter or deposition in which the workman 1r-m-wiA promises his daughter that she can live in his storehouse in case of a divorce.
Terminology: NN iw=f Hr Dd n NN (obv. 1-2)
Names/Titles: an. ( Pr-aA anx wDA snb ; king; obv. 7); BAk (rmT-is.t ; obv. 4); 1r-m-wiA (rmT-is.t ; obv. 1); 6n.t-9sr.t (anx n niw.t ; f.; Sri.t of 1r-m-wiA ; obv. ~2#)
Remarks: Publication: erroneously listed in the index of McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 269, as O. Petrie 16.

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