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Artefact ID393
TM IDTM 128635
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumCodex, Uncertain
Text contentSubliterary

P.Kellis II 92; P.Kellis Gr. 92

Three fragments from a small bifolio (ca. 4,5 cm x 7,5 cm) containing a Manichean hymn of praise.

The ed. pr. notes that the text appears self-contained, i.e., not stemming from a codex or a quire, and suggests that it served as an amulet. The connection to the Manichean belief is made, i.a., by the recurring reference to the Godfather as "hidden"; see ed. pr.

The text begins with an eisthesis (indentation) in l. 1 and features line dividers in l. 9/10 and 46/47. It contains several nomina sacra as well as a possibly abbreviated καί in l. 16, and there are instances of diaeresis as well as minor corrections throughout the fragment. The verso (pages 2-3) is badly effaced.

Selection criteriaSubliterary genre (Liturgical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to499
Dating criteria

Probably by a palaeographical assessment. The ed. pr. does not mention the characteristics of the hand.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Findspot: Egypt, Kellis (Ismant al-Ḫarāb), house 3, room 9, level 3 W drwy.

The fragment was found during the archaeological excavationin Kellis (Ismant al-Ḫarāb) directed by C.A. Hope for the Dakhleh Oasis Project (A.J. Mills).

Accession number

Current location unknown, probably excavation or SCA storage.

P.KellisGr. 92 = Inv. no. P 56J.


Editio princeps:

· Gardner, Ian with contributions from S. Clackson, M. Franzmann and K.A. Worp. 1996. "P.Kell.Gr. 92". Papyri from Kellis: Kellis Literary Texts. Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 4. Oxford. 137.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 393", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,