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Wooden mummy tags

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Wooden mummy tags


written document


mummy label


mummy label. These tags with name, parentage, titles, age, written in demotic Egyptian and Greek, were attached to the deceased. Here, they were attached to women. Tags were used to identify bodies because cemeteries were often some distance from the home of the deceased.

Field Collection



height 7.5 cm
width 4.4 cm


Middle Roman


30 B.C. — A.D. 200


given: Chester, Greville John, Revd 1891 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. inscription
    Language: Greek and Demotic


  1. Bingen, J.
    Mummy labels and ghost-names
    Source title: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (1968)
    [comments: pp. 35-36]
  2. Heichelheim, F.M.
    (1942) The Greek Inscriptions in the Fitzwilliam Museum (1942)
    Source title: Journal of Hellenic Studies (
    [comments: p. 19 no. 12]



Accession Number

E.75.1891 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 49281; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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