Collection Möller MSS - Georg Christian Julius Möller Collection

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Möller MSS


Georg Christian Julius Möller Collection


  • late 1890s-1921 (Creation)

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5 slip-cover boxes

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Biographical history

German Egyptologist. Born, Caracas 1876. Died, Uppsala 1921. Studied at Berlin under Erman, 1896-1900. PhD, 1900. Then excavated in Egypt and was attached to the German consulate, 1901-7. Was appointed to the staff of Berlin Museum, later becoming Assistant Director of the Egyptian collections, 1907. Habilitation, 1912. Lectured at Berlin, 1913-6, 1918-22. Professor, 1916. Excavated in Egypt, particularly at Abusir el-Melek. He was an all-round Egyptologist and produced an edition of the Rhind Demotic Bilingual Papyri, a volume on goldsmith's work in Berlin Museum, and another on Mummy Portraits, but his most important work was in the field of hieratic texts and palaeography. At the time of his death he was preparing works on the graffiti in the Hatnub quarry, hieroglyphic palaeography, and the history of the Libyans.

Archival history

Collection given to E. Lüddeckens (Mainz), the editor of the <i>Demotisches Namenbuch</i> (see <i>Jahrbuch</i> 1952 of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Wiesbaden, p. 74). Following Lüddeckens' appointment as Professor at the Universität Würzburg in 1964, the project was moved there, and the collection with it. Later G. Wittmann of the <i>Würzburg Demotisches Namenbuch</i> donated it to S. P. Vleeming (Universität Trier).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Professor S. P. Vleeming (Universität Trier) in 2013.

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Scope and content

Copies, transcriptions, facsimiles, drawings and some photographs of mummy labels in Demotic, Greek or bilingual, presented as loose sheets in folders arranged by cities/museums/collections, housed in five slip-cover boxes. They were collected by Möller from printed sources and from several collections he visited on research journeys. One folder in box V is by W. Spiegelberg (1893).

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Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

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  • German

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No problems.

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Preliminary list.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

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Not known.

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Publication note

  • Some mummy labels are published in W. Spiegelberg, <i>Ägyptische und griechische Eigennamen aus Mumienetiketten der römischen Kaiserzeit</i> (Leipzig, 1901).
  • For the Demotic and bilingual (Demotic/Greek) mummy labels, see mainly S. P. Vleeming, <i>Demotic and Greek-Demotic mummy labels and other short texts gathered from many publications (short texts II 278-1200)</i>, 2 vols. (Leuven, 2011).

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  • Shelf: 0621A