P. Turin Cat. 1976
Other nos.: P. Turin Pleyte-Rossi pl. 128
  
Description: Papyrus, 33 x 12.5 cm; vertical sheet join of 2.5 cm ending at 8-9 cm from right edge of recto. Black ink, recto (V/H) 15 lines, verso (H/V) 6 lines; top recto = bottom verso. Palimpsest; traces of earlier writing on verso. Damaged; one or more lines lost at top of recto; writing very pale at places.
Classification: letter
Keywords: conflict - donkey - grain
Provenance: Presumably acquired by the government of Piedmont for the Turin museum from Bernardino Drovetti in 1823 (see e.g. S. Curto, Storia del Museo Egizio di Torino , 2nd ed., Turin 1976, 45).
Publication: Abd el-Mohsen Bakir, Egyptian Epistolography from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first Dynasty (Bibliotheque d'Etude 48), Cairo 1970, pls. 25 and 26, XXXII (transcription, photographs); Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 317 and 318 (no. 278), pl. 111 (description, transcription, translation, commentary); Janssen, Donkeys at Deir el-Medina , 59 (summary of contents, commentary); Kitchen, Ramesside Inscriptions VI, 598 and 599 (transcription); McDowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt , 171 and 172, no. 127 (translation, commentary); Pleyte-Rossi, Papyrus de Turin , 167 and 168, pl. CXXVIII (facsimile, transliteration, translation, commentary); Wente, Letters , 137 and 138, no. 169 (translation)
Dates mentioned: rnp.t-sp 6 III Smw sw 25 (verso 2-3)
Dates attributed: Dyn. 20, year 6 Ramesses IX (Kitchen, Wente)
Contents: Letter to a Necropolis scribe(?) about a (female) donkey in the possession of the writer. Two attendants (Sms.w ) have come from Thebes to take it from him, but he has managed to keep it, and sent it to the addressee through the scibe 4r-Imn . The addressee is urged not to quarrel, but to accept a (male) donkey from the writer. The writer further states that he has sent the addressee's (female) donkey to him, together with a sack of barley and other commodities, in regnal year 6.
Terminology: nfr snb=k (verso 6); Hna Dd r nty (recto 6) Incomplete: [...] NN m anx wDA snb Hs.w.t (recto 1)
Names/Titles: an. (ity ; king or deity; recto 2; or 4bk (?); see Remarks); an. (nA sr.w n Niw.t ; recto 6); an. (Sms.w 2; recto 7); Imn (deity; recto 2); Imn-Ra-nswt-nTr.w (deity; recto 1); Mw.t (deity; f.; recto 2); 2nsw (deity; recto 3); 4r-Imn (sS ; recto 9; see Remarks) Incomplete: [...] xni (recto 1; perhaps sS n pA 2r xni ?)
Remarks: Names, Titles: ity "sovereign" in recto 2 according to Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 317 and 318 (with note 3); Wente, Letters , 137 (with note 4 on p. 170: "Probably a designation of the god Sobek"); cf. McDowell, Village Life , 172: "Sobek". Recto 9: Allam, Hieratische Ostraka und Papyri , 317 and 318 (with note 8) and Ranke, Personennamen I, 80, 16; 316, 26 consider both Wr-Imn and 4r-Imn possible. The first hieratic sign of the name, however, is clearly sr .

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