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... use of faience 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.
... and iron with pendent agates ; necklaces made of amber, coloured glass, and
blue and green glazed faience beads ; torques, or neck-rings, made of bronze ;
bracelets, open and closed, made of bronze, iron, glass and horn ; finger-rings of
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
... clay, and glazed faience Ľn the figures of the god Osiris, made in the form of a
mummy, world, which were deposited in the tombs either in wooden boxes or laid
along the floor ; sometimes they are found lying in the sarcophagi and coffins.
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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