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While this was being done a set of four alabaster jars was brought from the stores
of the cher-heb's establishment, and in each of these one of the four packets of
children of Horus, in the farm of four figures made of metal, with the face of a man
As we pass into this room we see that a part of it is already occupied with a coffin
and the funereal furniture belonging to it When we come Tutu, nearer we find that
it is the coffin of Tutu, Ani's wife. Close Anisnife. her is a table of alabaster ...
In the XVIIIth dynasty they are made of the most beautiful alabaster and
arragonite, and fine calcareous stone ; in the XXVIth dynasty they are still made
of these substances, but green and blue glazed faience and wood also appear.
Later they ...
On the alabaster and stone jars the inscriptions were incised, and on wood and
faience they were painted or traced in outline in ink. In papyri of the XVIlIth and
XlXth dynasties, the vignettes of the 17th chapter of the Book of the Dead show
Matemk The pillows ^ which the Egyptians were accustomed to pillows are put
under the heads of mummies were made of wood (syca- made. more generally),
granite, alabaster and calcareous stone. They vary from six to ten inches in
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'The Mummy' is an amazing book because it's so much more than a description of how, why and when Ancient Egyptians preserved their dead. Look just through the contents and you'll be amazed at the range of material - as if Wallis Budge had emptied a sackful of knowledge for the learner to pick through. Because that's it's best use, a source book on Ancient Egypt - as long as you remember it's dated and some ideas rejected.
The first few pages introduce and include a list of the nomes (districts) in hieroglyphics and transcriptions. The pages on Egyptian chronology, as well as reviewing problems oof disagreement ammong both sources and scholars includes a useful list of rulers - although the real jewel here, following a good basic history, is a list of 2 of the 5 names available of Pharaohs (hieroglyphics & transcriptions); this is a must for any visitor to inscriptions in museums or Egypt itself. A clear history of the decipherment of hieroglyphics is followed by a useful list of hieroglyphs, useful that is for those looking at REAL inscriptions.Then the book gets into mummies IN DETAIL but beware as, for example when dealing with ushabti, Budge will throw at you a whole paragraph of (untranslated) hieroglyphics - after all, you did read everything before that, didn't you? Then anything and everything is on offer - stelae, coffins, draught-boards,the gods, graves, numbers ..... As I said above it is a book to dpp into and not to read from cover to cover. And that's why I give it 4 stars
PS It's by far the most USEFUL of my books on Ancient Egypt
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The Mummy: Chapters on Egyptian Funereal Archaeology
Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge
Limited preview - 1964