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Artefact ID33
TM IDTM 113751
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary, Subliterary

P.Bodmer XLIII [P. Bodmer 43]

A folded papyrus leaf from a codex containing Zostrianos in Coptic (Sahidic). Kasser 1991, 48b included this leaf among the manuscripts in the Bodmer collection that are "clearly distinct in origin from the Bodmer papyri proper."
Description from Bodmer Lab: P.Bodmer 43, a papyrus leaf from a codex containing the work known as Zostrianos, shows clear signs of having been folded several times, which suggests to the editors that it may have been used as an amulet. Based on the assumption that, since this text begins and ends so abruptly, it must have once been part of a codex and not originally designed as an amulet, Kasser and Luisier attempt to estimate the size of the original codex. Based on the size of the parallel text of Zostrianos found in the Nag Hammadi Codex VIII, they estimate that this codex would have been 111 pages, and this leaf would have been page 99/100 or 100/101.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Coptic language
Date from375
Date to425
Dating criteria

Kasser & Luisier (2007: 257): "On peut très bien dater aussi P.Bodmer XLIII de la fin du IVe siècle ou du début du Ve siècle, mais la paléographie copte n’est pas si fiable que l’on puisse exclure une date plus haute encore."

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Geneva, Fondation Bodmer 43


Editio princeps

• Kasser, Rodolphe, and Philippe Luisier. 2007. "P. Bodmer XLIII: un feuillet de Zostrien." Le Muséon 120, no. 3-4: 251-272.

Additional bibliography

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1991. "Bodmer Papyri." In The Coptic Encyclopedia VIII, edited by Aziz Suryal Atiya, 48b-53b. New York: Macmillan.

• Robinson, James M. 2011. The Story of the Bodmer Papyri. From the First Monastery’s Library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin. Eugene/OR: Cascade Books.

Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 33", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,