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The preservation of the embalmed body , or mummy , was the chief end and aim
of every Egyptian who wished for everlasting life . For the sake of the mummy ' s
safety tombs were hewn , papyri were inscribed with compositions , the ...
... in the British Museum because the antiquities there are accessible to all . With
a view of applying the facts stated in these articles to a particular case , an
account of an Egyptian funeral beginning with the process of mummifying the
body and ...
Ptah - Seker - Ausår figure with stand for holding a portion of a mummied body or
papyrus . . . . . . Ptah - Seker - Ausår figure which held the papyrus of Anhai , a
priestess of Åmen , about B . C . 900 . . . . . Stele of Antef , son of Amen - set .
... and several hitherto unseen parts of it have been brought to view . The Sphinx
is hewn out of the living rock , but pieces of stone have been added where
necessary ; the body is about 150 feet long , the paws are 50 feet long , the head
is 30 ...
... together with the remains cothn in , the world . of a human body which were
found with them in the third pyramid at Gîzeh . The reputation which this king left
behind him is that of a good and just ruler . The kings of the Vth like those of the
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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