Mummy Label


Mummy label with three lines of an inscription in Greek with some ink decoration below. Pierced at the top for attachment to the mummy. During the Roman Period (30 BC – AD 395) inscribed wooden labels were attached to the mummies to identify the dead person. Previously in the collection of Dr Herman Philip and Mrs Dora Philip of 32 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh. 1879 catalogue entry: "198. Pectoral Plate; in wood, on it a Greek inscription which appears to read "Patroloais, who lived nine years." Greek or Roman period. Presented by Mr. Wm. Crosfield. S. 3 3/8 in. x 2 7/8 in." (Gatty, 1879: 39).