About this object

Wooden mummy label carved with three lines of Greek text. During the Roman Period, such labels were attached to the mummies of deceased individuals as a means of identification to transport them from their home to the correct place of burial. For more information, see the Mummy Label Database Project (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and CSIC Madrid): https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/projects/mummy-label-database-mld.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic - Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    Graeco-Roman Period
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    x 165 mm
  • Note
    Maybe Ex WHMM no. 52528; acquired at Stevens's Auction House Ltd., London, lot 407, 1 July 1919. Same provenance for three more labels WHMM nos. 52527, 29-30.
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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