P. BM EA 10683 verso IV and V
Other nos.: P. Chester Beatty III verso 4 and 5
Description: Papyrus, 35 x 172 cm. Several sheet joins: first at 22 cm from the extreme left of the recto and then at regular intervals of ca. 27 cm. Inscribed on two sides; on the recto 11 columns of 20-28 lines: the text of the "Dreambook"; on the verso 5 columns of 15+x lines plus 1 column written upside down: a copy of "The Battle of Kadesh" and in verso IV and verso V each 15 lines in black ink. Top recto = bottom verso. Damaged; beginnings of all lines of column I on the recto and column I on the verso missing; several gaps.
Classification: letter
Keywords: basketry(?) - boat - bronze - carpentry - gang - grain rations - guardposts(?) - message - plaster - textile - tomb (royal) - tools - yarn - woodwork - working
Provenance: Deir el-Medina 1928 (see Remarks)
Publication: A.H. Gardiner, Hieratic Papyri in the British Museum III, vol. I, 7-8 and 24-26 (description, translation and commentary), vol. II, pls. 11-12a (photographs and transcription); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions IV, 85-88 (transcription); Wente, Letters From Ancient Egypt , 48-49 no. 52 (translation)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Dyn. 19, reign of Merenptah (Gardiner, Kitchen, Wente)
Contents: Copy of a letter written by scribe On-Hr-xps=f to the vizier PA-NHs.y about construction work on the royal tomb, supplies, rations and various other matters. See Remarks.
Terminology: NN Hr swDA ib n nb=f NN (verso IV 1-2); m anx wDA snb hAb pw r rdi.t rx pAy=i nb (verso IV 2); ky swDA ib n pAy=i nb r nty (verso IV 2-3, 9)
Names/Titles: an. ( Pr-aA anx wDA snb, pAy=n nb anx wDA snb nfr ; king; verso IV 4, 5, 9, 14, V 14); an. ( pA im.y-r pr-HD n Pr-aA anx wDA snb ; verso IV 10); an. ( pA idn.w 2 n tA kAw.t ; verso IV 11); an. ( pA sS 2 n pA 2r ; verso IV 12); an. ( rmT mSa ; verso V 14); an. ( Hm=f anx wDA snb ; king; verso IV 7, 8); an. ( nA sS.w ; verso IV 12?); an. ( sn of sS On-Hr-xpS=f n pA 2r ; verso V 7); PA-Ra (deity; verso IV 6); PA-NHs.y ( TAy-xwy Hr wnmy-nswt im.y-r Niw.t TAty n 5ma.w MH.w ; verso IV 2, 8; sS-nswt mAa mry=f , verso IV 6) ; PAy ( Hr.y-sS wdH.w ; verso IV 13); PiAy ( idn.w n pr-HD n Pr-aA anx wDA snb ; verso IV 10-11); 1r.t ( anx n niw.t ; f.; sn.t of TAty PA-NHs.y ; verso V 3); On-Hr-xpS=f ( sS n pA xr aA n BA-n-Ra Mry-Imn anx wDA snb sA Ra Mr.n-PtH 1tp-Hr-MAa.t m pr-Imn ; verso IV 1)
Remarks: Provenance: see Černý, Papyrus Deir El Medineh I, vii; Koenig, BIFAO 81 (1981), 41-43. Contents: f or the connection between this document and the other Chester Beatty, DeM and Naunakhte papyri, cf. Pestman, in: Gleanings , 155.

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