Mummy Label


Round topped wooden mummy label with four lines of Greek text in black. Pierced at the top with a hole. During the Roman Period (30 BC – AD 395) inscribed wooden labels were attached to the mummies to identify the dead person. Part of a group of antiquities found in the Faiyum by Hogarth, Grenfell and Hunt, during the winters of 1895-6, 1898-99, 1900-01; presented by the Egypt Exploration Fund (Greco-Roman branch) in 1901. There is a hand copy of the inscription made by Professor Newberry on the Newberry-Peet Catalogue Card; Newberry notes that the object is marked in pencil No. 6 & Pt drema [?], Fayum. = seems to be Ptolemaic.