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

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14 egyptian pantheon.

90. Similar figure of Selk, long attire, and lappets on head-dress, rudely
blocked out, plinth pierced, lg-in. high. Lapis lazuli. li^' ^

91. Selk, similar, plinth pierced. 1^-in. long. Lapis lazuli.

92. Selk, similar, plinth not pierced. l|-in. high. Lapis lazuli. .\$^

93. Ma, or the goddess of Truth, seated on a plinth, enveloped in bandages,
her knees raised, on them she holds the wing-feather of an ostrich, emblem
of Truth [Horapollo, ii. 118]. Figures of this goddess were suspended by a
gold chain to the necks of the Egyptian judges, or, as they were called, satem
en as' qat ma, "auditors of plaints in the Tribunal of Truth," to symbolize their
office, and the truth they were supposed to exercise. The Hall of the great
judgment was called the us^ em maa ti, "The hall of the two Truths," in the
future state. It was with a figure of Truth that the judge touched the party
who had gained the cause or suit [Diodorus, i. 76, "Wilkinson, Man. and Cust.
n. 30, v. 348]. The present little figure is of fine work, but the ring for its
suspension is broken. -fin. long. Lapis lazuli.

94. Ma, or the goddess of Truth, seated on a plinth, her form mummied,
the feather of the ostrich which she has worn as the emblem on her head
broken off; ring behind. -| in. long. Lapis lazuli.

95. Ma, or Truth, seated, mummied, wearing ostrich feather and knees raised,
not pierced, rude work, f in. high. Lapis lazuli.

96. Figure of the god Khem, or Amsi, type of Amen Ea, called also Harnekht,
or the powerful Horus, the god of the reproductive powers of nature, and espe-
cially of the Egyptian harvest, his great festival being placed at the time, and
the Egyptian monarchs mowing on the occasion of his manifestation; the statue
of this god only being brought out of its shrine on particular occasions. The
body of this figure, represented mummied, is made of barley, emblematic of his
being the god of the harvest, and it is covered with waxed bandages of linen
of a dark-brown colour. His face is formed of wax, and he wears on his head
the two mystical plumes, of hawk's feathers, emblems of his eyes, or the god-
desses I sis and Nephthys, according to the esoterical explanation of the Kitual.
It is of rude workmanship. 1 ft. 1 in. high.

97. Similar figure of Khem: the cap looks more like the upper crown, hut,
than plumes; the body is made of barley. 1ft. ljin. high.

98. Khem, or the god Amsi, wearing on his head the tes'er, or red cap of
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