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

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1497. Rectangular mould for making wax figures of the bird bennu, the
supposed Phoenix, to place in the viscera or thorax of mummies; facing to
the right, the tail pointed. One of the chapters of the Ritual (LXXXV.)
refers to the transformation made by the soul into its shape. Mystically the
bennu represented eternity. 2^ in. square. Calcareous stone.

1498. Similar mould, the tail of the bird square. 4^ in. wide, 4 in. high.

Same material.

1499. Similar mould, but the bennu couchant, facing to the left, the tail
pointed. 2-f in. square. Same material.

1500. Stamp, having on one side a fleurette of eight petals; on the reverse,

aten, or akam, perhaps a proper name, f in. diameter. Green porcelain.

1 In the original the bird has no pole to which it is tied.

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