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An ostracon from the collection of the Field Museum No. 2 which was established thanks to the Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade that fought in the Middle East during the World War II and reached Egypt where they managed to obtain museum exhibits.

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An ostracon from the collection of the Field Museum No. 2 which was established thanks to the Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade that fought in the Middle East during the World War II and reached Egypt where they managed to obtain museum exhibits.
The ostracon is made of pinkish ceramics, with an inscription in red ink. The object is slightly broken on the right side and at the bottom, so we can reconstruct only part of the inscription:
“The year 47, the fifth day of Tobi month [- - - ]. Demetrius, son of Apoll[- - -]; Dionysus, intermediary of P[- - -]; Hermon, intermediary of [- - -]”.
The text does not suggest the provenance of the object but with the date and the knowledge of its belonging to a group of other ostraca, it can be stated that it is very likely that it came from Apollinopolis Magna.

Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum in Kraków), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

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