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The cavity in ' In mummies of the best period the intestines are sometimes found
in packets beneath the bandages . B . M . of brain . natron . M ments of the skull is
now filled up with a AN EGYPTIAN FUNERAL . 161.
Pieces of linen are then bandaging . torn into strips about three inches wide , and
one edge of each strip is gummed . ... These linen bandages are also held in
position by means of narrower strips of linen wound round the body at intervals of
The bandaged arms 33 . having been pressed closely into the sides , and the
fore - arms and hands having been laid upon the stomach , the bandaging goes
on again , while formulæ are recited by the cher - heb . Names of Each bandage
and more bandages are wound round the body horizontally , until , little by little ,
it loses its shape beneath thern . When a length of about three hundred cubits
has been used in folds and bandages , a coarse piece of linen is laid on the body
Collin ornamen tation . handsome , and carpenter and artist have expended their
best labour upon it ; before Ani was embalmed he was measured for it , and due
allowance having been made for the bandages , it fits the mummy exactly .
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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