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Nephthys, and other gods of the dead. The inscriptions sometimes resemble those found on chests for Canopic jars, but frequently they contain prayers in which the deceased entreats the gods to give him gifts of cakes, bread, beer, wine, ducks, oxen, wax, oil, bandages, etc., etc. Such inscriptions are at times very brief, at others they cover the whole box.
An interesting class of sepulchral boxes comes from Boxes Aḥmîm, the ancient Panopolis, which deserves special Akhmim. mention. The largest of them in the British Museum (No. 18,210) is 31 feet long and 3 feet high. Each side tapers slightly towards the top, and is in the shape of a pylon. The hollow cornice is ornamented with yellow, black, and red lines upon a white ground. Beneath it are two rows of ornaments: the first is formed by fall, and the second by $i & 1 repeated several times. Beneath each line is a row of five-rayed stars ***** The front of the box is ornamented with f f f and uræi wearing disks and a winged disk . Behind is a hawk upon a pedestal, before which is an altar with offerings. On the right hand side is Thoth with both hands raised, pouring out a libation; and on the left is a hawk-headed deity with both hands raised also pouring out a libation. On the back of the box is a hawk, with extended wings, and sceptres f. On the right hand side of the box is a figure of the deceased, kneeling, having his left hand raised, and above him are two cartouches 00. Behind him are three jackal-headed deities, each having his left arm raised, while his right hand is clenched and laid upon his stomach. On the left hand side of the box the deceased is represented in the same attitude, and behind him are three hawk-headed deities. These six gods form the vignettes of the 112th and 113th chapters of the Book of the Dead ; the hawk-headed were called Horus, Mesthå, and Hāpi, and the jackal-headed Horus, Țuamāutef and Qebhsennuf; they are figured in Lanzone, Dizionario, Tav. xxvi. In two sides of the box are two pairs of rectangular openings about six inches from each end ; the use of these is unknown to me.
1 For the description of a similar box see my article in Proc. Soc. Bib. Arch., 1886, pp. 120-122.
in the districts called 'Asâsîf and ķúrnah ; they were used
but the ordinary length is ten inches, and the diameter three of cones.
inches. The face, or flat part, of the cone at its thickest end
SEPULCHRAL STELÆ OR TABLETS
Use of stela.
Stela is the name given to the tablets of granite, calcareous stone, wood, or faïence, which the Egyptians used in large numbers for inscribing with decrees and historical records of the achievements of kings, biographical notices of eminent officials, priests, and private persons, hymns to Rā and other geds, and notices of any events of importance. The greater number, however, of those which have been found belong to the class called sepulchral, and are inscribed with the names and titles of deceased persons, their pedigrees, and the principal events in their lives. They were placed inside tombs, either in the corridor leading to the mummy chamber, or at the door, or at the foot or the head of the bier, or let into the wall ; sometimes they are rectangular and sometimes they are rounded at the top. The styles of stelæ, the arrangement of the scenes upon them, and the inscriptions, vary with
| Wilkinson, Ancient Egyptians, iii: p. 437.