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6. Bull sacred to Apis or Mnevis, having disk and uraeus between his horns, and the figures of a vulture with outspread wings and a winged scarab on his back. Figures in bronze and stone are more common than in faience.
7- Ram, 3r??> sacrec^to Chnemu or Amen-Ra; figures in bronze and faience are tolerably common.
8. Cat TV, sacred to Bast, lady of Bubastis. Large Animals
JtS) sacred to
votive figures of the cat were made of bronze and wood, the t,ie eoclseyes being inlaid with obsidian and gold; B.M. No. 22,927 has the eyes, and a large number of the hairs of the body, inlaid with gold. The smaller figures worn for ornament by the votaries of Bast are made of bronze, stone, rock-crystal, faience, &c.; in the smaller figures the cat is represented with one, two, or more kittens, and the top of the J sceptre is often ornamented with a cat.
9. Jackal ~)rh» sacred to Anpu (Anubis), or to Ap-uat In bronze figures, which are plentiful, he stands on a pedestal which fitted on to the top of a sceptre or staff; faience figures are not very common. A large number of wooden models from the top of sepulchral boxes are known.
10. Hare sacred to Osiris Unnefer; figures in faience are common.
11. Sow ^5?, sacred to Set (?), was the abomination of Horus J o ^> ]M, (j ^ £jj ^ > according to the
112th chapter of the Book of the Dead; figures of this animal in faience are fairly common. B.M. No. 11,897 has a head at each end of its body.
12. Hippopotamus ^jaJ, sacred to Set or Typhon; many large and beautiful examples of this animal in glazed faience and steatite exist in public and private collections.
13. Stag ^yf- Figures in which the animal is represented with its legs tied together ready for sacrifice are known in bronze, e.g., B.M. No. 1696.
14. Hedgehog, a few examples of which, in bronze and faience, are known.
IS- Shrew-mouse, sacred to Horus(?), examples of which are commoner in bronze than in faience.
16. Ichneumon. Examples in bronze, in which the animal wears disk and horns and plumes, are known, but figures in faience are rare.
17. Crocodile sacred to Sebek; examples in bronze and faience are fairly common.
Birds X8. Vulture lyN, sacred to Mut; figures of this bird in
sacred to IW
the gods, bronze and faience are few.
19. Hawk sacred to Horus ; votive figures are made
of bronze, stone, and wood, and the hawk wears either the crown of Upper or Lower Egypt, or both crowns united. In smaller figures worn for ornament, it wears a disk (B.M.
No. 1889) or (B.M. No. 1850), or plumes (B.M. No. 1859); it is often man-headed, when it represents the soul, and sometimes two hawks are on one pedestal, and each has the head of a man. A form of Horus, worshipped in Arabia under the name of Sept Pc^^jfv,' 's °^ten found in hard stone and wood; figures made of the latter material are generally found on the small chests which cover the portions of human bodies placed in the pedestals of Ptah-Seker-Ausar figures. When complete they have plumes on their heads.
20. Ibis > sacred to Thoth; figures in bronze and faience are not rare.
21. Frog and Toad. Figures of both reptiles are common in bronze and faience.
22. Fish The five kinds of fish of which figures in bronze and faience are known are the Oxyrhynchus, Phagrus, Latus, Silurus, and the Lepidotus; of these the Oxyrhynchus, Silurus, and Lepidotus are the commonest. The Oxyrhynchus fish, B.M. No. 1953, has on its back horns, disk, and uraeus; fish were sacred to Hathor, Isis, Mut, and other goddesses.
23. Scorpion 3®P, sacred to Serqet. Figures in bronze have often a woman's head on which are horns and disk, and if mounted, the sides of the base have inscriptions upon them which show that the scorpion was regarded as Isis-Serqet. Faience figures of this reptile are tolerably numerous.
faience are not rare.
Scarab emblem of the god Chepera (see p. 234).
The largest scarab known is preserved in the British Museum (Southern Egyptian Gallery, No. 74), and is made of green granite ; it was probably a votive offering in some temple, and was brought from Constantinople, whither it was probably taken after the Roman occupation of Egypt. The scarabs worn for ornament round the neck, and in finger-rings, were made of gold, silver, every kind of precious stone known to the Egyptians, and faience. B.M. No. 11,630 is an interesting example of a horned scarab; B.M. No. 2043, in faience, has the head of a hawk, and B.M. No. 12,040 has the head of a bull.
Figures Of Kings And Private Persons.
Figures of kings and private persons were placed in temples or tombs either by the persons they represented, or by those who wished to do honour to them. Figures of uses of kings occupied prominent places in the temples, and services sta,ucswere performed before them, and offerings made to them as to the gods, among the number of whom kings were supposed to have entered. The Rosetta Stone states (11. 39-42) that the priests of all Egypt decreed that a figure or statue of Ptolemy V. Epiphanes, should be placed in the most conspicuous part of every temple, that the priests should thrice daily perform services before it, and that sacred decorations should be placed upon it. The custom of placing such figures in temples and tombs is as old as the IVth dynasty at least, for many examples of this period are known; as we are certain that religious services were held in tombs during
the earlier dynasties, figures of deceased persons must have been placed in them, and it would seem that the custom is as old as the settlement of the Egyptians in Egypt Votive Votive figures of the gods were rarely colossal, but figures of kings were made of every size, and their heights vary from a few inches to several feet; the colossi of Amenophis III., of Heru-em-Heb, and of Rameses II., are examples of the extreme size to which figures of kings attained. In the earlier dynasties there can be no doubt that the artist endeavoured to make the form and features of the figure exactly like the person for whom it was made; how well they succeeded is evident from the most cursory examination of the figures of the first six dynasties exhibited in European museums, or in the Museum of Gizeh, which is particularly