|[ mummy wrapping|
A mummy wrapping is a type of makeshift cloak. It may be dropped when you kill any kind of mummy. The main use of a mummy wrapping is to allow yourself to enter shops when you have the invisibility intrinsic (otherwise the shopkeeper will not let you in). Once inside the shop, you may remove the mummy wrapping, but you will need to wear it again in order to leave.
Another use for the mummy wrapping is to lure wraiths off of certain levels where they are less likely to leave corpses; such levels include any level with a graveyard, the Castle, Medusa's Island, the four demon lairs, and the levels with the Wizard's Tower. Be aware that MC 1 is not good protection against level drain; it is a good idea to switch back to your main cloak when you are ready to fight the wraith.
Note that mummy wrappings are subject to the same randomised level of enchantment as any other armor. This means that a +5 mummy wrapping is feasibly possible, making it possibly useful, in this case, for the early game.
He held a white cloth -- it was a serviette he had brought
with him -- over the lower part of his face, so that his
mouth and jaws were completely hidden, and that was the
reason for his muffled voice. But it was not that which
startled Mrs. Hall. It was the fact that all his forehead
above his blue glasses was covered by a white bandage, and
that another covered his ears, leaving not a scrap of his
face exposed excepting only his pink, peaked nose. It was
bright, pink, and shiny just as it had been at first. He
wore a dark-brown velvet jacket with a high, black, linen-
lined collar turned up about his neck. The thick black
hair, escaping as it could below and between the cross
bandages, project in curious tails and horns, giving him
the strangest appearance conceivable.
This is a reference to the book and film The Invisible Man, in which the (invisible) man wraps bandages around him to overcome his invisibility.