P. BM EA 10440
Other nos.: P. Salt 1821; 9 A. 106; 8 A. 132
Description: Light brown papyrus sheet (bottom section darker), 22 x (max.) 10.5 cm. Damaged. Palimpsest. Broken into 12 strips, increasing in height from the bottom recto to the top. Recto H/V, verso V/H. Top recto = bottom verso. In black ink remains of 16 lines of writing on the recto and 6 lines (including address) on the verso. Substantial parts on the left border and at lower right-hand missing. Only lines 1-4 of the recto undamaged, the ends of all other lines are missing, as well as the beginnings of lines 12-14. Address at the bottom of the verso. Traces of an earlier text (probably a letter), written perpendicular to the present text. Above line 1 of the verso there are traces, possibly of a third text or a line belonging to the second text.
Classification: letter
Keywords: boat - document - donkey - message - temple - weaponry
Provenance: Acquired by the British Museum in 1821 with the collection of H. Salt formed in 1818 or 1819 in Thebes.
Publication: Janssen, Late Ramesside Letters and Communications , 21-24 (description, translation and commentary), pls. 9-12 (transcriptions and photographs).
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Late dyn. 20, year 10 of wHm ms.w.t of Ramesses XI (Janssen)
Contents: An incomplete letter from the necropolis scribe 7ry (who is in Nubia) to the chief workman BAk-n-Mw.t , the scribe Bw-th-Imn and the guardian Kr , concerning spears, a ship and a man, donkeys in the Temple (Medinet Habu), and some rejections or reproaches.
Terminology: nfr snb=k (verso 4); NN NN m anx wDA snb Hs.w.t (recto 1-2); NN NN (verso 5); hAb (recto 16); Hna Dd r nty (recto [6]-~7#); Sa.t (recto ~10#)
Names/Titles: an. (pA rmT ; recto 11); an. (nA nTr.w n pA tA (deities; recto 3-~4#); an. (nTr.w ; deities; recto 6); Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w (deity; recto ~3#); BAk-n-Mw.t (aA n is.t n pA 2r ; recto 1; verso 5 (aA n is.t ) ); Bw-th-Imn (sS ; recto 2; verso ~5#); 1r BAk (deity; recto 3 (written 1r n BAki ) ); Kr (sAw ; recto 2); tA 1w.t (geo.; recto 15); 7ry (sS n pA 2r ; recto 1; verso 5)
Remarks: -

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