Mummy Label



Wooden mummy label with holes at both ends. Incised with two lines of Greek text. During the Roman Period (30 BC – AD 395) inscribed wooden labels were attached to the mummies to identify the dead person. White sticker serrated edge stuck on surface with ink number 18 (or 81?). Wellcome Historical Medical Museum accession no. 59895: "TABLET Wood, with inscription. Pierced lug at either end for hanging or fixing. 6" x 2½" Egyptian."; Purchased at Stevens's, London, 1 July 1919 Lot 407.