Mummy Tag with Greek Inscription
Preserving the name of the deceased was essential to rebirth in the afterlife. In the Roman Period, wooden tags were attached to mummies to help preserve the name for eternity. In Greek the tag on the right (37.1395E) reads, “Horos, son of Psenmonthes, stonecutter”; in Demotic Egyptian it reads, “The Osiris, Horus, son of Psenmonth, the stonecutter and the Prophet of Imhotep.” The tag on the left reads in Greek, “Pecheisis, son of Apollonius. He lived fifty-eight years.”
This text refers to these objects: ' 37.1396E; 37.1395E
- Medium: Wood, pigment
- Possible Place Collected: Dongola, Sudan
- Dates: 150-300 C.E.
- Period: Roman Period (probably)
- Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 2 5/16 x 3/8 in. (11.4 x 5.8 x 1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.1396E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Mummy Tag with Greek Inscription, 150-300 C.E. Wood, pigment, 4 1/2 x 2 5/16 x 3/8 in. (11.4 x 5.8 x 1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1396E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wooden mummy ticket. Wedge-shaped at top with hole for attachment. Painted lettering of six lines in Greek. Back plain. Inscription reads: Pecheisis, son of Apollonios. He lived fifty-eight years.” Condition: Good.
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)