Mummy Label card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Mummy Label

1973.4.136b

Currently not on display

Information

Wooden mummy label with three lines of carved inscription in Greek. Lower part of the bottom line of text is broken off and missing. During the Roman Period (30 BC – AD 395) inscribed wooden labels were attached to the mummies to identify the dead person. Rectangular label with ornate blue border adhered to the surface marked with a previous collector's number 1253. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 9-10 December 1907 (Robert de Rustafjaell sale) Lot 149/30 "Thirty wooden Tablets and Labels from Mummies, etc.; mostly of Coptic date; the names incised or painted".