Grain tablet



Accession Number
W552
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Maths and writing case, Writing
Object Type
Written document, Jar/sack label
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Wood
Measurements
Height: 138mm | Width: 58mm | Depth: 10mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A grain tablet. This label was once probably attached to another object, perhaps a sack of grain, since the twelve lines of Demotic on the recto and one line of Demotic on the verso detail the seed-grain that has been distributed to the arable land in a specific month.

Bibliography

Minas-Nerpel, Martina 2016–2017. A grain account in the Swansea Wellcome Collection (T. Swansea W552). Enchoria 35, 9–15.

Inscription

Recto: (1) pꜣ i͗p n tꜣ prt-sḫt = The account of the seed-grain (2) i͗.i͗r šm r pꜣ ti͗w - that has gone to the arable land (3) (n) i͗bt 3 ꜣḫt (sw) 6 ...... sw ¼ = (in) month 3 of Akhet, (day) 6 ...... ¼ (artaba) wheat (4) sw 8 ...... sw 1 = day 8 ......1 (artaba) wheat (5) sw 9 ...... sw ½ = day 9 ...... ½ (artaba) wheat (6) ⅓ ꜥn <sw> šbnnꜣ ...... ½ ¹⁄₁₂ = again ⅓, <wheat>: grain ...... ½ ¹⁄₁₂ (artaba) (7) sw 10 ...... sw ½ = day 10 ...... ½ (artaba) wheat (8) sw (1)7 ...... sw ¹⁄₁₂ = day (1)7 ...... ¹⁄₁₂ (artaba) wheat (9) sw (1)9 sw šbnnꜣ ...... ½ = day (1)9, wheat: grain ...... ½ (artaba) (10) sw 20 sw šb⸢nnꜣ⸣ ...... ⸢½⸣ = day 20, wheat: grain ...... ⸢½⸣ (artaba) (11) sw 23 sw [š]b⸢n⸣nꜣ ...... [⅓] = day 23 wheat: grain ...... [⅓] (artaba) (12) [blank] {?) ...... r? sw 4½ ¹⁄₁₂ = [blank] (?) ...... total: (artabai) wheat 4½ ¹⁄₁₂ Verso: [...] sw 20 (?) DA sw [...] = [...] 20 (artabai) wheat (?), lack of (remain of?) wheat [...]

Language
Egyptian
Script
Demotic
Last modified: 24 Jun 2022

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