Aramaic Adoption Contract
This document originates in the archive of Ananiah and Tamut, members of a Jewish family living on Elephantine Island in the fifth century B.C.. This contract allows a man named Uriah to adopt a boy named Jedaniah and thus free him from slavery. Adoption was one legal method used to free slaves in ancient Egypt.
- Culture: Aramaic
- Medium: Papyrus, ink
- Place Found: Elephantine Island, Egypt
- Dates: October 22, 416 B.C.E.
- Period: Persian Period
- Dimensions: a: Small Box of Fragments: 1 3/4 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in. (4.5 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm) b: Glass: 15 1/2 x 17 1/16 in. (39.3 x 43.3 cm) b: Object: 11 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (29.5 x 35 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 47.218.96a-b
- Credit Line: Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Aramaic. Aramaic Adoption Contract, October 22, 416 B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, a: Small Box of Fragments: 1 3/4 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in. (4.5 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 47.218.96a-b
- Catalogue Description: Papyrus inscribed on recto only in twelve lines of Aramaic. Upper half of recto blank. Translation of text in vertical file. Condition: Text practically intact. Upper right corner of blank portion missing. Minor gaps at edges. Papyrus folded through present left center. No writing visible but one overlap (one third of width) was clearly missing. A large fragment, recorded and previously photographed under group of fragments 47.217.63, is the missing portion of 47.218.96.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)