nates in a. papyrus-shaped capital and forms a hollow to receive the staff. This
standard was the emblem of the goddess Bast, also known under the name
of Se^et, Menhi, and other appellations, especially that of Merienptah, or
Beloved of Ptah. The earliest type of this goddess was lion-headed, for which
that of a cat was afterwards substituted, and the cat her living emblem. 4| in.
1440. Cylindrical baton or stick, terminating in a flower of the papyrus;
on it is a perpendicular line of hieroglyphs, facing to the right,
Ma netem aa en em pef saqann Ma neb aa
nefer.t em men nefer aha er sat yer Ptah Sekar.
"True and sweet old age, the water of refresh-
ment, Ma, a person, a good old age, in Memphis,
a person having an embalmment by Ptah So-
There is some difficulty about this inscription,
which may be an address to the stick as delight-
ful baton of old age, [like] the water of re-
freshment, for Ma, a person of good old age in
Memphis, "embalmed by Ptah Socharis," the local
deity of that town. Broken. These sticks fre-
quently have addresses and the name and titles of their possessors: 2ft. 11 in.
long, 1^ in. diameter. Sycamore wood.
1441. Dagger, bakasu, or makasu, blade leaf-shaped; at the end
Ka men xeper, the prenomen of Thothmes III.; at each side of the edge
of the blade a disked urseus. The handle is cylindrical and terminates
in a papyrus flower behind. It has been cast, and is of doubtful authenticity.
9 in. long. Bronze.
1442. Dagger, balcasu or makasu, double-edged, thin leaf-shaped blade, with
part of the upper portion of it, by which it was riveted to the handle, still
remaining; down the centre of the blade is a raised ridge. Similar daggers
are seen painted on the coffins of the 6th dynasty. 1 ft. 2 in. long. Bronze.
1 0r <~> ° l^^i qars, coffin to Ptah Socharis.