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Receipt for Garments

Date:
5th-6th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Black ink on papyrus
Dimensions:
6 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (16.8 x 12 cm)
Classification:
Papyrus
Credit Line:
Papyrus Collection, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (P.Mich.inv. 1050)
  • Description

    Ostraka (pottery or stone fragments with writing) and papyri aid in understanding aspects of textile production in Egypt. This receipt written by Zenon is for garments, embroidered panels, linen clothes, and silver spoons to be delivered by Marytrios to Theodosios. References to Antioch may suggest luxury goods or fabrics from the city, which was famous for its textiles.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Greek, recto: List of clothes which are in the rest-house (praetorium) [or press-house (pressorium)?], through brother Martyrios, from me, Zenon: A linen variegated tunic, 1, one; cloaks made in the Antiochian style, 5, in total, five; similarly, an Antioch hood, 1, in total, one; combed linen variegated tunic, 1, in total, one; wrapping clothes, 3, three; a shirt and a cloak; a light-green upper garment, 1, one; embroidered panels, 4, in total, four; a fine linen cloth, 1 in total, one; silver spoons, 10, in total, ten. Give these effects to brother Theodosios, taking from him on account of what he owes to me for - - -; verso: A receipt of Zenon - - -.

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