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

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SEPULCHRAL TABLETS IN CALCAREOUS STOXE.

by a nomarch and chancellor named Khentikhratur1, recording the successful
return of troops from Punt or Arabia, and the Peninsula of Sinai to Sausi
or Sais. It is in two divisions or compartments. The upper one is surmounted
by the heaven bent down, supported by two sceptres, uas or t'dm. On it Amen-
emha II. is represented offering two globular vases, men, such as hold wine
or milk when offered to the god Amsi, called by some Khem or Min, the
deity Amen Horus, the local deity of Kabti or Coptos. The deity is represented
standing on a pedestal, wearing the lower part of the pschent, the teshr, or
red "cap, emblem of the lower world and Egypt, and two tall plumes, s'u,
on his head; he has a long beard, and his form is enwrapped as if mum-
mied, or enveloped in bandages, mer em hebs; a long sash falls from his neck
behind. In his right hand he holds a whip, y^u or neyey^ emblem of power.
Behind him is the canopy or shrine in which he was generally hidden, being
only shown to the public on particular and special manifestations. Before the
shrine is a pole, to which it is tied. Amenemha II. wears a long head-attire,
namms, on his head, an urceas, a royal garment, and a kind of tufted sash
like a lion's tail. In his hands he presents the wine vases. In the area is
inscribed "The king of upper and lower Egypt, the lord of the upper and
lower world, BiL-nub-kau, giver of life like the Sun, rejoicing on the throne of
Horus, and beloved of Amsi of Kaba [Coptos], the giver of life."

In the lower compartment Kkent-khrat-ui", standing facing to the right, is
represented attired in the style of the 12th dynasty, wearing long hair, namms,
a short beard, mers, and a tunic, s'enti, elevating both hands in adoration.
This adoration is expressed in the large horizontal and five perpendicular lines
of hieroglyphs "a divine adoration, and making of adoration to Har or Ba,
Amsi of Kaba [Coptos] by the nomarch chief chancellor, superintendent of the
tower2, Khentikhratur, when he came in safety from Punt [Arabia], his soldiers
with him, his transports came safely in peace to the land of Sauu the 28th
year." 1 ft. 9 in. high, 1 ft. wide. From a small temple at the Wady Jasoos
on the Bed Sea. Black basalt.

1935. Tablet, hatu, with a rounded top, in two divisions. It is dated in
the first year of the reign of Usertesen II., of the 12th dynasty, and has been

1 Or Khcntikbratnets.

2 Rerit or amert. Pierret, Vocabulaire Hieroglyphique, p. 318.
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