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After the body had been steeped for a short time in bitumen or natron , or perhaps
merely rubbed with these substances , the few personal ornaments of the man
were placed on it , he was wrapped in one piece of linen , and with his staff to ...
piece of linen , and with his staff to support his steps , ' and his sandals to protect
his weary feet in the nether - world , he was laid in a hole or cave , or even in the
sand of the open descrt , to set out on his last journey . Trusting in the might of a ...
They were next smeared all over with an unguent , and then carefully bandaged
with strips of linen many yards long , on which were inscribed the names of the
four children of Horus ? who symbolized the four cardinal points and of the four ...
the skull is now filled up with a mixture of spices , powdered plaster and natron ,
and the nostrils through which it was inserted are plugged up with small linen
pledgets dipped in some astringent ; obsidian eyes are also inserted in the ...
Pieces of linen are then bandaging : torn into strips about three inches wide , and
one edge of each strip is gummed . On one end of each of these the name of Ani
has been written in hieratic characters to facilitate the identification 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