Bactrian Greek tax receipt

Inscribed on skin, the Greek text is a receipt for taxes. It is notable for mentioning the Greco-Bactrian king Antimachus (185-170 BC).


  • Title

    Bactrian Greek tax receipt

  • Associated people

    King Antimachus I (ruled 185 BC - 170 BC) (named on object)
  • Associated place

    Afghanistan (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 180 BC
  • Material and technique

    ink on skin

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    6.1 x 14 cm approx., max. (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by R. C. Senior, 1994.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Rea, John, R. C. Senior, and A. S. Hollis, ‘A Tax Receipt from Hellenistic Bactria’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 104, (1994), passim, pl. 5

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