Birch, Samuel [Hrsg.]
Catalogue of the collection of Egyptian antiquities at Alnwick Castle — London, 1880

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This is one of the tesserae or tickets attached to mummies at the Roman
period. The Demotic is apparently a translation of the Greek. Many similar
tesserae were used at an early period to mark the mummy or its place in the
sepulchre. At the time of the Roman Empire the title of the person, the
number of years of his life, the day of the month and year of the Emperor in
whose reign he died. At the Coptic period tesserae of porcelain were often used.
5i|- in. high. Sycamore wood.

2005. Pugillaria, or writing tablets, consisting of five rectangular leaves, the
edges moulded with plain borders; each leaf has been covered with wax, on which
was written an inscription, but the whole is now decomposed. These pugil-
laria answered the purposes of slates or pocket-books, and were covered with
memoranda or literary and other compositions. 7-J in. wide, 6 in. high. Sycamore
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