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

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and is curved, with a hole at the end. It is flat behind, with part of the
original hollow of the tusk: broken. 8£ in. long. Ivory.

1490. Object of unknown use, perhaps a reel. It consists of a cylinder,
fluted like a column and inlaid with blue paint. At one end is a papyrus
capital, and at the other end a lotus capital. These capitals are each sur-
mounted by two heads of vultures looking outwards, back to back. It may
have been employed for holding the cord attached to a harpoon or a net.
8| in. long. Wood.

1491. Spherical ball, with four dark and four light stripes, or compart-
ments. The use of the objects is not ascertained, but they have been supposed
to be balls used by children, or rather a kind of toy. They are always hollow,
but not pierced, and resemble in some respects models of fruits and other
objects which may have been intended for toys or ornaments. 2 in. diameter.
Blue porcelain.

1492. Draughtsman, abu, conical; above, a mushroom-shaped top: broken.
These pieces were used for playing at draughts, sent, or the game of latrunculi,
t'a, both of which formed diversions of the Egyptians, and are seen in the
pictures of the tombs of the ancient Egyptians. It was considered to be one
of the diversions of the Kar-neter, the Egyptian Hades or Elysium, and
Rameses III. is represented at Medinat TIabu playing at this game with a female,
wearing the emblems of the Upper and Lower Country on their heads. Not
only these draughtsmen, but boards with squares for playing the different games
have been found in the tombs1. \ in. high. Blue porcelain.

1493. Mould for making small porcelain figures of the head of the goddess
Athor, full face. | in. long. Terra cotta.

1494. Mould for making similar objects of the right symbolic eye, uta, in
a frame. These porcelain objects were used for the outer network of mummies,
f in. long. Terra cotta.

1495. Similar mould, f- in. long. Same 'material.

149G. Mould for making similar objects, representing the right symbolic eye
in an oval. 1^- in. long. Terra cotta.

1 Prisse, Monuments Egyptiens, PL 49. Wilkinson, Mann, and Cust., ed. 1878, n. 57—59.
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