P. Berlin P 10489
Other nos.: LRL 35
Description: Papyrus sheet, 12 x 22.5 cm. Damaged. Recto V/H, verso H/V. Top recto = bottom verso. In black ink 7 lines of writing on the recto and 4 lines (including address) on the verso. Address at the bottom of the verso. Slight damage at the left edge has caused some loss of writing at the ends of lines 4 and 6. Corrections by the scribe in recto 2 and 4, and verso 2.
Classification: letter
Keywords: death - house - message
Provenance: Bought by the Berlin museum in 1912. Found together with P. Berlin P 10487 and P. Berlin P 10488.
Publication: Černý, Late Ramesside Letters , XII and XVII (description), 54-55 (transcription); Janssen, Late Ramesside Letters and Communications , pl. 52 (photographs); Wente, Late Ramesside Letters , 69 (translation); Wente, Letters , 183-184 no. 303 (translation); Burkard & Fischer-Elfert, Aegyptische Handschriften 4, 65-66 no. 90 (description, bibliography).
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Late dyn. 20 (Černý); year 10 of wHm ms.w.t of Ramesses XI (Wente)
Contents: A letter from the general of Pharaoh (PAy-anx ) to the principal of the harem of Amon-Re, the noble lady NDm.t concerning the matter of the two policemen who had uttered some charges. She is told to join up with PAy-5w-wbn and the scribe 7ry , to arrest the policemen, investigate the case and kill them and throw them in the river by night, unseen. See Remarks.
Terminology: nfr snb=t (verso 3); NN n NN m anx wDA snb m Hs.w.t (recto 1-2); NN n NN (verso 4); r nty (recto 2, 3); hAb (recto 5; verso 3)
Names/Titles: an. (nTr nb nTr.t nb.t (deities; recto 2); an. (pA im.y-r mSa n Pr-aA anx wDA snb ; recto 1); an. (pAy mDAy 2; recto 6, 7); Imn-Ra nswt-nTr.w (deity; recto 2); PAy-5w-wbn (recto ~6#-7); NDm.t (f.; wr.t xnr.t n Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w Sps.t ; recto 1, verso 4); Ony-3nmw (sS n pA im.y-r mSa ; verso 4); 7ry (pAy sS ; recto 7)
Remarks: Contents: This letter was written by the scribe of the general Ony-3nmw . The affair of the two policemen is also the subject of P. Berlin P 10487 (LRL 21) and P. Berlin P 10488 (LRL 34).

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