About this object

Flake of limestone (ostracon) with text on both sides in Coptic. In black ink four lines on one side and three on the other. In1873 Samuel Birch, of the British Museum, examined it and described it as a "mutilated fragment of Coptic inscription 4 lines on one side and 2 lines on the other. On it appears to be mentioned the name of a priest of father Thershmoren and perhaps Joseph. It appears to be part of a letter or memorandyum." (MS 7 November 1873).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    7th Century AD - 8th Century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1850 about
  • Measurements
    54 mm x 85 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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