Birch, Samuel   [Hrsg.]
Catalogue of the collection of Egyptian antiquities at Alnwick Castle — London, 1880

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egyptian pantheon.

16. Ptah-Socharis-Osiris, standing as a naked dwarf with bow legs, on
a plinth, wearing on his head a skull-cap, namms, bifrons. 1§ in. high. Dull-
reddish porcelain.

17. Similar figure of Ptah-Socharis-Osiris. f in. high. Blue porcelain.

18. Ptah-Socharis-Osiris as before, the legs broken, § in. high. Greenish-
yellow porcelain.

19. Ptah-Socharis-Osiris, standing as a naked dwarf, wearing a skull-cap,
collar usx round the neck, legs bowed and hands on the hip, behind the
goddess Se^et, as Merienptah, or "the beloved of Ptah," supporting the god.
She is lion-headed and winged, draped, and wearing a disk. At the sides are
the goddesses Isis and Nephthys standing facing outwards and hands on the
shoulders. His feet are placed on a pedestal of two crocodiles. Pantheistic
combination. 2-| in. high. Reddish glazed porcelain.

20. Ptah-Socharis-Osiris standing as a masked youth, wearing a skull-cap.
On the reverse Bes standing naked, bifrons, wearing plumes on the head pierced,
f in. long. Green porcelain.

21. Head of Ptah-Socharis-Osiris, wearing the skull-cap, namms: behind
the nape of the neck a ring, f in. high. Same material.

22. The goddess Bast, lion-headed, standing, wearing an urasus on the
head, and draped in a long garment, walking, on a square pedestal, holding
symbol of life, dnx, ^n ner right hand, which is pendent, and a papyrus
sceptre, xu> m ner left, close to her body. This sceptre, which indicated
protection, or the lower country, was especially held by goddesses. There is
a plinth or pillar up the back behind, on which is an incuse line of hieroglyphs:

jjYl o "Y^7 -?- t'et en Anuk Bast neb dnx " said by the goddess, I am

Bast, the lady of life." The inscriptions of these small figures are often
difficult and obscure, and the above requires the restoration just given. This
type of the goddess often bears the name of Menhi, who was one of the
forms of the leonine goddess Se^et at a later period, all representing some
former .attribute of Merienptah, "the beloved of Ptah." Bast, the Bubastis of the
Greeks, was the particular type of this goddess, who was the wife of Ptah
and mother of Nefer Turn: plinth below broken. The lion head of this
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