P. BM EA 75020
Other nos.: P. BM EA 1996-2-17.6
Description: Light brown papyrus sheet, 20 x 21 cm. The recto (V/H) bears 12 lines and the verso (H/V) 9 lines in black ink. Top recto = bottom verso. Damaged; on the recto a large fragment at the upper right-hand corner, a small fragment at the lower right-hand corner and a small strip at the right edge are missing; several gaps as a result of folding; beginnings of recto 1-5, 11-12 and verso 1-3 and 6 lost; text partially incomplete in recto lines 1-7, 9 and 11-12, and verso lines 1-3, 5-6. A sheet join is discernible between lines 8 and 9 of recto. The letter had been folded: twelve folds can be recognized. Palimpsest. Address, if any, lost.
Classification: letter
Keywords: document - message - temple
Provenance: Acquired by the British Museum in 1996 from the collection of W.J. Bankes formed in 1819 in Thebes.
Publication: R.J. Demarée, The Bankes Late Ramesside Papyri (London 2006), 19-21 (description, translation and commentary), pls. 17-20 (photographs and transcriptions)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Late dyn. 20 (Demarée)
Contents: Incomplete letter, sent/dictated probably by the prophet Imn-Htp but written by Bw-th-Imn , to the necropolis scribe 9Hwty-ms (see Remarks). The sender denies not having written letters before, refers to his close friendship with the addressee and sends his best wishes, in an addendum likewise to other men in the company of 9Hwty-ms .
Terminology: NN n NN (recto ~1#-~2#); hAb (recto 6, 6; verso 8); Hna Dd (recto ~6#); Sa.t (recto 8, 11); ky Dd n NN (verso 4)
Names/Titles: an. ( pA im.y-r mSa pAy=k nb ; recto ~4#; pAy=n nb verso 6-7); an. ( pAy=i Sri ink ; recto 12); an. ( nA nTr.w n tA pt ; deity; verso 5); an. ( nA nTr.w n pA tA ; deity; verso 5); an. ( nTr nb ; deity; verso 5); Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w (deity; recto ~2#; verso 5, 7); Imn 3nm.t-nHH (deity; recto ~4#; verso 2); Imn THn nfr (deity; recto ~5#; verso 2-~3#); Imn-Htp anx wDA snb (king; recto 4-[5]; verso 2); Bw-th-Imn ( sS ; recto 7; recto 12-verso~1# - no title); Mw.t (deity; f.; recto 2); Niw.t (geo.; verso 7); Nfr.t-ir.y anx wDA snb (deity; recto 5; verso 2); 0d-nxt ( mDAy n pA 2r ; verso 8-9); 1r sA anx-mAa.t (?) (recto 11); 5d-sw-1r (verso 4); Ony-3nmw ( sS ; verso 4); Kry ( sAw ; recto ~7#) . Incomplete/unclear: Pn-tA-... ( sAw ; verso4-5); [...] rnp.w.t n Pr-aA anx wDA snb (recto 1)
Remarks: Contents: Both the names of the sender and the addressee are actually missing due to the incomplete nature of the document, but are almost certain (Demaree, Bankes Late Ramesside Papyri , 21).

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