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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 Ahnrim, the ancient Panopolis, which deserves special Akhmim. mention. The largest of them in the British Museum (No. 18,210) is 3£ 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 g^^^\^d> an^ tne second by repeated several times. Beneath each line
is a row of five-rayed stars ^yc^^c^c- The front of the box is ornamented with and UTXl 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 ^. 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 QQ. 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, Mestha, and Hapi, and the jackal-headed Horus, Tuamautef 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 ;1 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.
This name is given to a large number of burnt terra-cotta conical objects which are found near tombs chiefly at Thebes, in the districts called 'Asasif and Kurnah; they were used Loaves of from the Xlth to the XXVIth dynasties. They vary in size, tiieshape 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 contains inscriptions in relief which record the name and titles of the person in whose tomb they were found; the inscriptions appear to have been made by a stamp with the characters incuse. The inscribed end of the cone is variously coloured blue, red, or white. Dr. Birch thought1 that they were used for working into ornamental architecture, or to mark the sites of sepulchres; it is more probable, however, that they are merely models of bread or cakes which were placed in the
tomb ^. It is not likely that they were seals, because they
have been found of a rectangular shape with several copies of the same inscription stamped upon them.
Sepulchral Stelae Or Tablets
Stelae is the name given to the tablets of granite, calcareous stone, wood, or faience, 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 Ra and other Use of gods, and notices of any events of importance. The greater stela:. 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 SteLe of they are rounded at the top. The styles of stelae, the arrangeAncient "lent of the scenes upon them, and the inscriptions, vary with Empire.
1 Wilkinson, Ancient Egyptians, iii; p. 437.