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headed gods, J JJ^^> and ut>at ar,d neferti on the front,

a figure of Bes on the back, and a dog-headed ape holding

an eye on each side. Another example (B.M. 2556a)

is inscribed on the top of the neck-piece with lotus flowers

and an ut'at <^ |g>—. On each end of the base are also

inscribed lotus flowers, and beneath are versions of the 55th,

61st and 62nd chapters of the Book of the Dead; this pillow inscribed

was made for Aaua, the son of Heru, a prophet of Menthu, Pl 0WSl

lord of Thebes, the son of the lady of the house Nes-Mut.

^|^^^?|- The use of the pillow is very ancient, and goes Antiquity

back at least as far as the Vlth dynasty; the beautiful pillow, example in alabaster from Abydos now in the British Museum,

No. 2533, made for the high official (j C^>(j Atena, probably

belongs to this period. For the use of models of the pillow as an amulet, see the article "Amulets." Pillows similar in size and shape are in use to this day among the tribes of Nubia, and they are found among the natives in several places along the west coast of Africa; that the ancient Egyptians borrowed them from the peoples of the south is not likely, but that the use of them by the Ethiopians, copied from the Egyptians, spread from the Sudan southwards is most probable.

Ushabtiu Figures.1 Ushabtiu, -jPTtfrT \ If j was the name given by the The work

0 1 *H til Jl I ing figures

Egyptians to stone, alabaster, wood, clay, and glazed faience »n the figures of the god Osiris, made in the form of a mummy, world, which were deposited in the tombs either in wooden boxes or laid along the floor; sometimes they are found lying in the sarcophagi and coffins. They were placed there to do certain agricultural works for the deceased, who was supposed

1 Observations on these figures by Birch have appeared in Aeg. Zcil., 1864, pp. 89-103, and 1865, pp. 4-20; Mariette, Catalogue lies Monuments a"Abydos, pp. 46-48; and by Loret, Recueil de Travaux, pp. 90, 91.

to be condemned to sow the fields, to fill the canals with water, and to carry sand from the West to the East. The ushabtiu figures of the XHIth dynasty are made of granite, wood, and calcareous stone; the last substance was, however, that most commonly used. The use of faience for this purpose appears not to have been known at that epoch. Generally the hands are crossed over the breast, but sometimes they are covered up in bandages. The hands do not hold any agricultural implements as in the later dynasties; and the inscriptions upon them consist usually of the name and titles of the deceased, and resemble very closely those on the stela; of this period. The breasts of sepulchral figures of this period are sometimes Descrip- inscribed with a scarabaeus having its wings outspread. Blue, usAat/iu g''een> brown, and red glazed faience figures appear during the at various XVIIIth dynasty,and continue until the XXVIth dynasty, by epochs. wjj;cij time this substance has taken the place of stone, wood, or metal. In this dynasty the figures first begin to carry a hoe, mattock and basket. During the XlXth dynasty the dress of these figures changes, and they are represented as wearing the garments which the people for whom they are made wore during their lifetime. In the XXVIth dynasty these figures still hold the hoe, mattock and basket, and they stand on a square pedestal and have a rectangular upright plinth down the back. They were cast in moulds, and arc easily distinguishable by their light bluish-green colour. Between the XXIInd and XXIVth dynasties ushabtiu figures seem not to have been placed in the tombs, and after the XXVIth dynasty they are made with less care, the inscriptions grow gradually shorter, and finally the figures become very small and bear no inscriptions whatever. Ushabtiu Ushabtiu figures are generally inscribed with the Vlth tions.P chapter of the Book of the Dead, which appears on them in three forms; the following, from Mariette, Catalogue des Monuments dAbydos, p. 48, is an example of the first form :—

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The third form, which agrees with the text of the 6th chapter found in papyri of the XXVIth dynasty, reads:—

a usabti apen ar aptu Ausar er

0 ushabtiu figures these, if is decreed Osiris to

arit kat nebt arit am em neter ^crt

do labours any [which] are to be done there in the underworld,

astu hu - nef set'ebu am em se

behold, be there smtlen down for him obstructions there for a person

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