Mummy Label card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Mummy Label

1973.4.137g

Currently not on display

Wooden mummy label on one side painted with a line of text now illegible. Part of the edge is burnt. 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 1271. 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".