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Artefact ID431
TM IDTM 832769
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. II 122 [P.Kellis VII 122]

Long letter from Pshai and Masi to their father Sarapa (and their mother) in Coptic (L, but with unusual features not shared with the rest of the Kellis texts) on both sides without external address, text on recto rather formal letter of filial piety while text on verso shows some plaintive and personal sets of appeals to parents, the brothers being friendless and eager for news and a visit, they send a number of small gifts

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic language
Date from350
Date to400
Dating criteria

Archaeological context

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 4, room 1B, deposit 2

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. II 122 [P.Kellis VII 122]

Inv. Nr. P93.44+93.40A

current location unknown, probably excavation or SCA storage


Editio princeps

• Gardner, Iain, Anthony Alcock, and Wolf-Peter Funk. 2014. Coptic Documentary Texts from Kellis II P. Kell. VII (P. Kell. Copt. 57–131), Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 16. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 263-272, images in CD rom, and bw-images on unnumbered plates in back of the book.

Additional bibliography

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2016. "Review of P.Kellis VII." Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 106: 275-276.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 431", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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