Mummy label

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A mummy label in the shape of a tabula ansata. There are two lines of writing, and two holes, one on each side. It records the death of Ammonari(on), aged twenty-five years. Such labels were put on the bodies of the dead who had died away from home by the transporters in order to facilitate identification. It dates to the Roman Period (30–395 AD). Purchased by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1922 from the collection of the Reverend William MacGregor.


Gill, David W. J. and Rosalyn Gee 1996. Museum supplement: Classical antiquities in Swansea. The Journal of Hellenic Studies 116, 257–261. [p. 261, nr. 82] Mueller, Dieter 1973. Three mummy labels in the Swansea Wellcome Collection. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 59, 175–180. [178–179, pl. XLII]

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