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Berlin P. 8313
BKU 1 1

Category: question mark icon Classification of the contents, e.g. magical (formulary or applied), alchemical, liturgical, documentary or medical.

Magical (formulary)


1. Ro col. 1 ll. 1-18: Healing Jesus-deer charm for safe childbirth
2. Ro col. 2 ll. 1-23-Vo ll. 1-8: Healing Horus-Isis charm for stomach ache

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Egyptian (Coptic)





Language/dialect notes:

See related texts for further notes.

Date: question mark icon Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE. 651 – 800
Date notes:

TM (18/9/2018); Almost certainly 651-800, since part of Berlin Library, all of which have similar hands (KD); 601-800 (Frankfurter 2009: p. 230)

Archive/collection: question mark icon Larger collection to which manuscript belongs. KYP A14
Archive name: Berlin Library
State of edition:

Published. No published image. New edition desirable.






Dimensions (cm): Height: 23.1 Width: 36 Depth:
Dimensions (notes):

Maximum dimensions (EL from autopsy 21/11/2019); 23 x 35.5 cm (Beltz 1983: p. 65); 23 x 36 cm(Erman 1904: p. 1)

Folding pattern:

7 (?) horizontal and 10 (?) vertical creases.

State of preservation:

Complete, some damage along creases, broken into one large and two (not joined) smaller fragments.

Pages/Columns: question mark icon Total surviving columns in the manuscript for rolls, sheets and rotuli; total number of pages for codices.


Pages/Columns (notes):

2 cols. recto (↓), 1 col. verso (→). Recto col. 1, 18 lines, col. 2, 23 lines, verso col., 8 lines (9 lines counted erroneously by Beltz 1983: p. 65), written at 180 degrees to recto.


Hand B (Dosoo forthcoming)


Arsinoites (Fayum), Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 332)
Place of purchase:

Arsinoites (Fayum), Egypt

(TM places ID: 332)

Arsinoites (Fayum), Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 332)
Present Location:

Berlin, Staatliche Museen

Collection History:

Purchased by Dr. Reinhardt in the Fayum (Erman 1895: p. 44); Beltz, probably mistakenly, claims that it was acquired from the antiquities market in Cairo in the same year (1983: p. 65).

Trismegistos collection: question mark icon Page on the database Trismegistos collections for the institution which currently houses the manuscript. 40
Collection website:



Beltz, Walter. “ Die koptischen Zauberpapyri der Papyrus-Sammlung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin.” Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 29 (1983): 65–67 (as P. 8314).

Erman, Adolf. Aegyptische Urkunden aus dem Koeniglichen Museen zu Berlin: Koptische Urkunden (BKU). Vol. 1. Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1904, p. 1-2, no. 1.


Dosoo, Korshi. “Horus, Sabaoth, Satanas: La « Bibliothèque de Berlin » et autres fonds d’archives magiques de l’Égypte romaine et les premières siècles de la période islamique.” In La magie et les sciences occultes dans le monde islamique edited by Jean-Charles Coulon (forthcoming).

Erman, Adolf and Fritz Krebs. Aus den Papyrus der Königlichen Museen. Berlin: W. Spemann, 1899, p. 257–258.

Kropp, Angelicus. Ausgewählte koptische Zaubertexte. Übersetzungen und Anmerkungen. Vol. 2 Bruxelles: Édition de la Fondation Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth, 1931, p. 9-12, no. 3 (col. 2 and verso), p. 64-65, no. 17 (recto).

Lexa, František. La magie dans l’Égypte antique de l’ancien empire jusqu’à l’époque copte. Les textes magiques. Vol. 2. Paris: Librairie orientaliste P. Geuthner, 1925, p. 160-162, no. I.

Meyer, Marvin W., and Richard Smith. Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power. Princeton (New Jersey): Princeton University Press, 1999, p. 95-97, no. 49.

Richter, T. Sebastian. “Texte und Riten in koptischer Schrift”. In Altägyptische Zaubersprüche, edited by Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert. Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam, 2005, p. 124-125, p. 172-173, no. 99.


Bélanger Sarrazin, Roxanne. “Les appels au « Jésus guérisseur » dans les formules iatromagiques coptes”, in Études coptes XVI. Dix-huintième journée dàétudes (Bruxelles, 22-24 juin 2017) (Cahiers de la bibiothèque copte 23), edited by Anne Boud’hors, Esther Garel, Catherine Louis and Naïm Vanthieghem. Paris: Éditions de Boccard, 2020, p. 196-197.

Blumell, Lincoln and Dosoo, Korshi. “Horus, Isis, and the Dark-Eyed Beauty: A Series of Magical Ostraca in the Brigham Young University Collection.” Archiv für Papyrusforchung 64 (2018): 199-259.

Erman, Adolf. “Ein koptischer Zauberer.” Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 33 (1895): 43-46.

Erman, Adolf. “Heidnisches bei den Kopten.” Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 33 (1895): 48-50.

Erman, Adolf. “Drei Geister als Boten des Zauberers.” In Orientalische Studien, Fritz Hommel zum 60 Geburtstag. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrich, 1917, p. 301-304.

Hevesi, Krisztina. “A Few Remarks on the Persistence of Native Egyptian historiolae in Coptic Magical Texts”. In Current Research in Egyptology 2018: Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Symposium, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, 25-28 June 2018, edited by Marie Peterková Hlouchová, Dana Bělohoubková, Jiří Honzl and Věra Nováková. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing, 2019, p. 42-54.

Hopfner, Theodor. Griechisch-ägyptischer Offenbarungszauber. Mit einer eingehenden Darstellung des griechisch-synkretistischen Daemonenglaubens und der Voraussetzungen und Mittel des Zaubers überhaupt und der magischen Divination im besonderen. Vol. 1. Leipzig: H. Haessel Verlag, 1921, §711.

Frankfurter, David. “The Laments of Horus in Coptic. Myth, Folklore, and Syncretism in Late Antique Egypt.” In Antike Mythen: Medien, Transformationen und Konstruktionen, edited by Ueli Dill and Christine Walde. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009, p. 230.

Kákosy, László. “Remarks on the Interpretation of a Coptic Magical Text.” Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 13.3 (1961): 325-328.

Richter, T. Sebastian, “Miscellanea Magica.” The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 88 (2002): 250-252.

Richter, T. Sebastian. “Miscellanea Magica, III: Ein Vertauschter Kopf? Konjekturvorschlag Für P. Berlin P 8313 Ro, Col. II, 19-20.” The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 93 (2007): 259–63.

Trismegistos ID:


PGM: question mark icon Papyri Gracae Magicae SM: question mark icon Supplementum Magicum GEMF: question mark icon Greek and Egyptian Magical Formularies (forthcoming) ACM: question mark icon Ancient Christian Magic


Bélanger Sarrazin: question mark icon Bélanger-Sarrazin. “Catalogue des textes magiques coptes”


AKZ: question mark icon Ausgewählte koptische Zaubertexte

2.3, 2.17

CBd: question mark icon Campbell-Bonner Magical Gems Database Mert.-Pack: question mark icon Mertens-Pack online database
Van H: question mark icon van Haelst, Catalogue des papyrus littéraires


Bruyn-Dijkstra: question mark icon de Bruyn and Dijkstra, “Greek Amulets and Formularies (Checklist)" TheDefix: question mark icon Thesaurus Defixionum To Zodion:
Edit History:

MPS (18/9/2018); EL (11/10/2018; 21/11/2019); KD (8/5/2019); KD (29/5/2020); KD (1/6/2020); MPS (17/8/2020); EL (17/8/2020); KD (18/6/2021)

How to cite:
Korshi Dosoo, Edward O.D. Love & Markéta Preininger (chief editors). "KYP M76," Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects, Accessed on 20/06/2024

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