P. Berlin P 10488
Other nos.: LRL 34
Description: Papyrus sheet, 10.5 x 22 cm. Complete. Recto V/H, verso H/V. Top recto = bottom verso. In black ink 6 lines of writing on the recto and 1 line on the verso. No address. Correction by the scribe in recto 4.
Classification: letter
Keywords: death - house - message
Provenance: Bought by the Berlin museum in 1912. Found together with P. Berlin 10487 and P. Berlin P 10489.
Publication: Černý, Late Ramesside Letters , XII and XVII (description), 53-54 (transcription; see Remarks); Janssen, Late Ramesside Letters and Communications , pl. 51 (photographs); Wente, Late Ramesside Letters , 69 (translation); Wente, Letters , 183 no. 302 (translation); Burkard & Fischer-Elfert, Aegyptische Handschriften 4, 65 no. 89 (description, bibliography).
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Late dyn. 20 (Černý); year 10 of wHm ms.w.t of Ramesses XI (Wente)
Contents: A brief letter from the general of Pharaoh (PAy-anx ) to the agent of the general PAy-5w-wbn concerning the matter of the two policeman who had uttered some charges. The agent is ordered to join up with the lady NDm.t and the necropolis scribe 7ry , to arrest and to investigate the case and then to kill the policemen and throw them in the water by night, unseen. See Remarks.
Terminology: NN n NN (recto 1); r Dd (recto 3); hAb (recto 2, 4); Hna Dd (recto 1)
Names/Titles: an. (pA im.y-r mSa n Pr-aA anx wDA snb ; recto 1); an. (pAy mDAy 2; recto 3, 5); PAy-5w-wbn (rwD.w ; recto 1) NDm.t (f.; recto 4); 7ry (sS ; recto 4)
Remarks: Contents: The affair of the two policemen is also the subject of P. Berlin P 10487 (LRL 21) and P. Berlin P 10489 (LRL 35). Publication: In his transcription Černý has omitted in the beginning of recto line 2 the suffix .i after sDm (clear on the photograph).

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