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Record of Bird Mummy Production by a Society (3) (73 BCE) Omboi - Upper Egypt

Omboi (Upper Egypt, Egypt — Pleiades map), 73 BCE (December 5)
SB III 6033 = OJoachim 7 = TM 5651 = AGRW ID# 20914
Copenhagen Inventory info: 644


Ostrakon (reused piece of pottery). Now in the Strasbourg Institut d'Égyptologie. For discussion of this society of sacred bird embalmers (mummifiers), see Sottas 1921.

In the 9th year on the 27th of Ahthyr during the reign of king Ptolemy and Queen Kleopatra, who is also called Tryphaina, Father-loving and Sibling-loving gods, sacred animals have been prepared in the presence of Totoes the military commander, Menandros, Hermias the manager, Kallias the secretary of the district and the other members of the society (thiasitai), with a total of 1104 mummies.

Translation by: Harland

ἔτους θ, Ἁθὺρ κζ, ἐπὶ β̣[ασι]|λέως Πτολεμαίου καὶ βασιλ(ίσσης) | Κλεοπάτρας τῆς καὶ Τρυφα(ίνης) | θεῶν Φιλοπα(τόρων) Φιλ(α)δέλ(φων) καθέσταται || ἱερὰ ζῶια, ἐπὶ Τοτοέους στρατη(γοῦ), | καὶ Μενάνδρου καὶ Ἑρμίου οἰκο(νόμου) κα̣[ὶ] | Καλλίου τοπογρα(μματέως) καὶ τῶν | ἄλλων θιασιτῶν, ἀριθμῶι | Αρδ.

Item added: December 30, 2015
Item modified: May 27, 2021
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