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Ushabtiu figures were placed in tombs in large numbers; Ushabtiu in the toinb of Seti I. nearly seven hundred were found. The of the
XXVIth figure was inscribed, in the later times, after the XXVIth and dynasty, and laid in the model of a coffin or sarcophagus following made of wood, terra-cotta, or stone. On the coffins were painted figures of the four genii of the underworld, Anubis and other principal sepulchral deities, with appropriate inscriptions, and these models bear a striking resemblance to the coffins made in Egypt from B.C. 500-300. The inscriptions on figures of this period are frequently written in a very cursive and almost illegible hieratic, and in demotic; sometimes, however, they have the form and brevity of those inscribed on the ushabtiu figures of the XIIIth dynasty.
PTAŇ-SEKER-AUSÅR FIGURES. This name is given to a large class of wooden figures, standing on pedestals, made in the shape of the god Osiris as a mummy. The god wears on his head horns, the disk and
, them he holds the flail A and crook ?. The figures are Descrip. sometimes hollowed out, and contain papyri inscribed with tion of
figures. prayers and chapters from a late recension of the Book of the Dead. Frequently the papyri are found in hollows in the pedestals, above which stand small models of funereal chests, surmounted by a hawk; in the hollows portions of the body, , mummified, were often placed. Many figures are quite black, having been covered by bitumen; others are painted in the most vivid colours, with blue head-dress with yellow stripes, green, red and yellow collar, face gilded, and body covered with wings of a blue and green colour. The god Ptah-Seker-Ausår
appears on stelæ in company with Osiris, Anubis and other gods of the dead, and he is addressed on figures made in his honour, because he was supposed to be specially connected with the resurrection. He is sometimes represented in the form of Osiris (Lanzone, Disionario, pl. xcvii), and with all the attributes of this god ; the other forms in which he appears
Forms of are :-1. As a little squat boy, with a beetle on his head; and
a throne before which is a table of offerings in a shrine. In
this form he is often painted on the outsides of coffins. ✓ Behind him is a winged uræus wearing a disk, and utats
The inscriptions upon Ptah-Seker-Ausår figures vary greatly in length; at times they are written in perpendicular lines down the front and back of the figure, and continue round
each of the four sides of the pedestal ; at others they consist of Contents
a very few words. Be the inscription long or short, the of inscrip. deceased prays that Ptah-Seker and Ausår (Osiris) will give
sepulchral meals of oxen, ducks, wine, beer, oil, and wax, and bandages, and every good, pure, and sweet thing to his ka. The formulæ of these figures greatly resemble those found on stelæ of a late period. The British Museum possesses a remarkably fine collection of these figures, and as they come from several distinct places, and have many varieties, they are most instructive.
Ornamentation of sepulchral boxes.
In addition to the chests placed in tombs to hold Canopic vases, the Egyptians made use of a smaller class of wooden boxes to hold ushabtiu figures, papyri, articles oí dress and other things. They vary in size from six or eight inches to two feet square. Some are made perfectly square, with sides that slant slightly inwards like the pylon of a temple, being higher than they are wide: others are oblong in shape, and each end rises above the level of the cover. Some have two and others four divisions. The outsides are usually ornamented with scenes in which the deceased is represented adoring Rā, or Anubis, or one of the principal gods of the dead, and with figures of Mesthå, Hāpi, Țuamāutef and Qebhsennuf, painted in bright colours upon a black or white ground. The boxes from Thebes are decorated in the same style as the coffins from that place. Frequently the ornamentation consists of in symmetrical rows, above them being figures of Osiris, Isis,
4.1.1., & fit. ctc., etc., arranged