P. DeM 08 recto
Other nos.: -
Description: Papyrus, 15.5 x 17.5 cm, sheet joins visible at 3 cm and 6.5 cm from upper edge (with text on recto in upright position), recto fibres V/H above lower join and H/V below it. Black ink, recto 9 lines, verso 5 lines, top recto = bottom verso; recto and verso different handwritings(?). Recto and verso palimpsest. Damaged, ends of all lines lost.
Classification: letter
Keywords: carpentry - companion - document - house - message - woodwork
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, 20, pls. 24 and 24a (description, transcription, photograph); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions VI, 671 (transcription); Wente, Letters , 168, no. 283.
Dates mentioned: -
Dates attributed: Dyn. 20, Ramesses IX (Kitchen, Wente)
Contents: Anonymous sender to anonymous addressee about some pieces of furniture (a mAs.t and a small bed). The addressee is to finish these and to send them by an intermediary named Nxt-Mnw (? see Remarks).
Terminology: hAb (recto 1, 9); Sa.t (recto 5 ; see Remarks )
Names/Titles: Nxt-Mnw (recto ~7#? see Remarks)
Remarks: Contents/Names, Titles: the name in recto 7 is read by Černý as Nxt-aA (otherwise unknown in DeM-texts); by Wente as Nxt-Mnw . Mnw , however, is uncertain in view of the traces extant. The name is probably identical with that in P. DeM 18 recto 8; that text seems to refer to the same matter. For the connection between this document and the Chester Beatty, other DeM and Naunakhte papyri, cf. Pestman, in: Gleanings , 155. Terminology: in r ecto 5 read wnn tAy=i (?) Sa.t [...].

Record last updated 2007-01-23

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