P. DeM 04
Other nos.: -
Description: Papyrus, appr. 30 x 22 cm, sheet joins at 15 and 22 cm from upper edge of recto (with text in upright position). Black ink, recto (V/H) 12 lines perpendicular to fibres, verso (H/V) 7 lines, top recto = bottom verso. Recto and verso palimpsest. Damaged (fragmentary).
Classification: letter
Keywords: companion - document - guard post - house - message
Provenance: Probably excavations Deir el-Medina 1928; trapezoid space south of P 1165 (Posener, in: Černý, P. DeM I, vii)
Publication: Černý, Papyrus Deir El Medineh I, 15-17, pls. 19-20a (description, annotated translation, transcription, photographs); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions VI, 264 and 265 (transcription); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 29 and 30, no. 3.A (translation, commentary); Sweeney, JEA 84 (1998), 108-111 (translation, commentary); Wente, Letters , 150 and 151, no. 209 (translation)
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Dyn. 20, Ramesses V (Kitchen, Wente)
Contents: One scribe(?) Nxt-4bk writes to the workman Imn-nxt . He asks what wrong he has done against him, stresses their old friendship, and hopes not to be denied access to the addressee's house. See Remarks.
Terminology: m Dr.t NN (verso 1); nfr snb=k (verso 7); NN n NN m anx wDA snb m Hs.w.t ... (recto ~1#); r nty (recto 2); hAb (verso 1); Hna Dd (recto 5); Sa.t (recto 12)
Names/Titles: Imn (deity; recto 2, verso 5, 6); Imn-nxt (rmT-is.t ; recto 1); Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w (deity; recto 2); Imn-Htp (deity; recto 4); Bs (mDAy ; recto 8, verso 1); Mw.t (deity; f.; recto 2); Nxt-4bk (sS (?); ir.y n wnm ao of Imn-nxt ; recto 1, 6); nTr nb nTr.t nb nty Htp Imn.t.t Niw.t (deity; recto ~3#); nTr.w nb.w WAs.t (deity; recto ~2#); 2nsw (deity; recto 2)
Remarks: Contents: same correspondents in P. DeM 04-06 according to Černý, Papyrus Deir El Medineh I, 15-19, but not according to Sweeney, JEA 84 (1998), 101-122. For the connection between this document and the Chester Beatty, other DeM and Naunakhte papyri, cf. Pestman, in: Gleanings , 155.

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