Hieratic Ostracon card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Hieratic Ostracon


Currently not on display


Flake of limestone with nine lines of a hieratic inscription in ink on the recto and nine lines of a hieratic inscription in ink on the verso. On the recto is a copy from the start of the Prophecy of Neferti. There is also a date in red (‘Month 1 of Shomu, day 8’) and underneath practice work on the wn-hare sign. On the verso a house census list fragment of a draftsman (sS qd). There is a transcription on the record card made by Percy Newberry and Eric Peet about 1910. In1873 Samuel Birch, of the British Museum, examined it and described it as "having 8 lines on one side and 7 on the other of hieratic writing. Part is marked off with red cloth. It is part of a statement addressed to a person and ends with lists of the family of the scribe Ta or Tsa comprising his wife and 5 children. It appears from the division to be part of a literary composition commenting 'it happened was the majesty of the good ... one of them ... of the ... were the goings and comings thou madest with (them) ... the things as thou didst so was the magistrates ... whom I love'. Etc." (MS 7 November 1873).