P. DeM 27
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Description: Dark-coloured papyrus, numerous fragments forming two parts, left part 22.5 x 8 cm, right part 19 x 4 cm. Black ink, recto (H/V) 12 lines, verso (V/H) 11 lines, top recto = bottom verso. Complete except for beginnings of recto 1 and verso 11.
Classification: protocol : deposition - oath
Keywords: adultery - beating - complaint - house - marriage - oath - pregnancy - fA gAw.t
Provenance: no indication
Publication: Černý, Papyrus Deir El Medineh II, 4 and 5, pls. 16-17a (description, transcription, photographs); Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 301 and 302, no. 272, pls. 98 and 99 (translation, commentary, transcription); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions V, 578 and 579 (transcription); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 47-9, no. 22 (translation, commentary)
Dates mentioned: IV Smw sw 5 (recto 7)
Dates attributed: Dyn. 19 or Dyn. 20 (Koenig); Dyn. 20, Ramesses III (Kitchen)
Contents: The wife-to-be of workman NN sleeps with the workman Mry-4xm.t ; NN complains to the magistrates and gets a beating for making false accusations. The chief workman In-Hr-xa , evidently belonging to the body of magistrates (onb.t ?) raises objections against this treatment. Mry-4xm.t has to take an oath, not to see the woman again. He breaks this promise, however, and when the woman has become pregnant by him, his father drags him before the magistrates, where Mry-4xm.t has to swear another oath to stay away from her.
Terminology: ir ink (recto [1] - see Remarks); anx n nb anx wDA snb (verso 1, 8); wAH Imn wAH pA HoA anx wDA snb (verso 2); m bAH nA sr.w (verso 6-7)
Names/Titles: an. (pA HoA anx wDA snb ; verso 2); an. (sr.w ; recto 8, 12; verso 7, 11); an. (Sms.w ; recto 1); Imn (deity; verso 2); Imn-m-In.t (wa.w n is.t ; recto 1-2); Imn-nxt (sS n pA 2r ; verso 1; sS ; verso 7); In-Hr-xa (aA n is.t ; recto ~10#); PA-ym (recto 2-3; verso ~9#); MnnA (rmT-is.t ; it of Mry-4xm.t ; verso 6); Mry-4xm.t sA MnnA (rmT-is.t ; recto ~6#)
Remarks: The first half of line 1 as reconstructed by Koenig [ ir ink ink m ] is different from Černý's version [ xr ir twi m ] (see Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , pl. 98; Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions V, 578). For corrections and remarks, see Y. Koenig, CRIPEL 9 (1987), 32; Winand, CdE 68 (1993), 86.

Record last updated 2003-10-08


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