Mummy Label



Wooden mummy label with a hole at one end. Painted on each side with two lines of demotic and hieratic (?) text which is now faint. During the Roman Period (30 BC – AD 395) inscribed wooden labels were attached to the mummies to identify the dead person. Wellcome Historical Medical Museum accession no. 59898: "TABLET. Wood, with written inscription, With hole at top for hanging. 3 1/8" x 1½". Egyptian."; Puchased at Stevens's, London, 29 April 1919 Lot 392.