Name tag for a mummy

In the middle of this mummy tag is a traditional funerary scene showing the jackal-headed god Anubis embalming the dead. If you zoom in on the central scene you can see his distinctive jackel head facing right.

Above and below the scene is cursive Demotic writing stating that the label belonged to Ta-bin and she was 43 when she died.

During the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, name tags like this one were sometimes attached to a wrapped mummy. They may have helped identify the body, for example when it was being transported after mummification. If you turn the tag around, you can see the remains of textile mummy wrappings on the back of the tag.

  • Catalogue no: UC39590

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