Mummy Tag with Greek Inscription
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.”
Roman Period (probably)
4 1/2 x 2 5/16 x 3/8 in. (11.4 x 5.8 x 1 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Nubian. 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1393E_37.1396E_GrpA_SL4.jpg)
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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.”
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