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Title: A Pawnbroker's Account
Author(s): SIJPESTEIJN, P.J.
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 24    Date: 1993   
Pages: 51-62
DOI: 10.2143/AS.24.0.2005857

Abstract :
Two fragments, a smaller and a larger piece, of one and the same text, retrieved from mummy-cartonnage, with writing on both sides, have been preserved.
We are dealing with a pawnbroker’s account which records articles deposited with him1. Not consistently but only from time to time is there a question of the interests charged by the pawnbroker whose name does not appear on the preserved part of the papyrus. We are, therefore, unable to calculate how high the rate of interest charged by the pawnbroker was, as R. Bogaert has so cleverly done for P. Cairo Zen. III 596272. Pawned are not only trinkets (cf. e.g. P. Oslo III 130.15), precious cups (cf. e.g. P. Cairo Zen. I 59074, 59120), cloths (cf. e.g. P. Wash. II 97.1n.), but also other, rather unusual and unexpected objects. The present text probably was not the definite account of the pawnbroker but rather a draft.

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