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O Kamt , because of the dark colour of the soil , and if the colour of the ground for
a few miles on each side of the Nile be compared with the Arabian and Libyan
desert the appropriateness of the name Kam or Kamt is at once evident . Another
B . C . probably were ornaments on the head , the whole of which was covered
with a limestone covering , and the face was coloured red ; of these decorations
scarcely any traces now remain , though they were visible towards the end of the
At the end of this time it is taken out and carefully washed and dried , and it is
seen that it is of a greenish - grey colour ; the skin clings to the The body bones ,
for the flesh beneath it has shrunk somewhat , but the hair of the body is well ...
... of faïence rings , glazed various colours , and even of small strings of beads
which they tied on the fingers in lieu of rings . The legs are then brought closely
together , and the arms are laid on the body with one wrist crossed over the other
Wrap the toes in a piece of cloth , draw two jackals upon two pieces of linen with
colours mixed with water perfumed with anti , and each jackal shall have his face
turned towards the other ; the jackal on the one bandage is Anubis , lord of Hert ...
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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