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W549Mummy label. In Graeco-Roman Egypt, people who had died away from home were normally shipped back for burial in their local cemeteries. In order to facilitate the transport, the senders attached small labels which ensured proper identification. This is one such label. 

The words written in Greek can be translated as: “Hermiysis, [son] of Kollouthos, farewell! Kollouthos to Kallistos: When the mummy of my child reaches you, keep guard until I arrive.”  

Part of the MacGregor collection purchased by Wellcome in 1924.  

Mueller,D.1973, Three Mummy Labels in the Swansea Wellcome Collection. Journal Of Egyptian Archaeology, 175-181.

Other Roman items in the Egypt Centre