Mummy label



Accession Number
W548
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Mummification case
Object Type
Written document, Mummy label
Periods
Graeco-Roman Period to Late Roman Period
Dynasties
First century CE/AD to Fourth century CE/AD
Material
Wood
Provenance
Egypt, Akhmim
Measurements
Height: 43mm | Width Length 97mm | Depth: 9mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A mummy label in shape of a tabula ansata. There are two lines of writing, and two holes, one in each side. It is possibly from Akhmim(?). 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. They were used in the Graeco-Roman Period. This example was purchased by Wellcome from the MacGregor collection in 1922.

Bibliography

Mueller, Dieter 1973. Three mummy labels in the Swansea Wellcome Collection. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 59, 175–180. [178–179, pl. XLII] www.trismegistos.org/text/24935

Wellcome Number
15396 (W)
Other Identity
147 (?) | W540 (This number appear in Gee and Gill Journal of Hellenic Studies 1996, 261)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922, Lot 643
Previous Owners
Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)

Inscription

(1) Ἀμμω- (2) ναρι*, (ἐτῶν) κε. Ammonari(on), 25 years years (old)

Language
Greek
Script
Greek
Personal Name
Ammonarion (Ἀμμωνάριον)
Last modified: 20 Nov 2022

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