On the inside of the cover , on the purple ground , are painted in a light yellow
colour pictures of the horizon , the spirits of the East , in the form of apes , adoring
Rā , the lion gods of the morning and evening with a disk on their united backs ...
Inside the coffin are painted figures of a number of gods and genii with
instructions referring to them , and the goddesses Nut and Hathor ; the first covers
Ani with her wings , and the second , as mistress of the nether - world , receives
Ani into ...
This coffin is , in its turn , placed inside an outer coffin , which is painted , both
inside and outside , with scenes similar to those on the inner coffin ; the drawing
is , however , more free , and the details are fewer . The outer coffin being sealed
... and passing through this we see to the right and left a series of chambers upon
the walls of which are painted in vivid ... and therefore no mean artist , we are
probably right in assuming that he superintended the painting of many of them ...
... are beautifully painted , and in some as many as thirteen colours are used in
this chamber ; and in every work connected with Ani ' s tomb there is a simple
majesty which is characteristic of the ancient Egyptian gentleman . At each 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