Mummy Label card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Mummy Label

1973.4.136i

Currently not on display

Information

Wooden mummy label with carved inscription in Greek. Pierced with four holes for attachment. Tiny fragment of painted inscription on the back. 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 1254. 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".