Name tag for a mummy

This carved wooden name tag would have been tied around a wrapped mummy. If you rotate the tag around, you can see it has four lines of Greek text carved into each side, with traces of black ink preserved, but on one side, there is an additional line written in cursive Egyptian Demotic script.

The Greek inscription reads: 'Didyme, daughter of Besas, her mother Senpalous; to Panon; to Sarapion, paean singer.' The inscription suggests that Didyme's mummy was to be sent to Panopolis and put into the care of Sarapion, who was probably a relative.

  • Catalogue no: UC45635

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