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

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sepulchral tablets in calcareous stone.


set up as votive by Khnumhetp, a high officer of state of the period. It is
in two divisions. In the first division or compartment Usertesen is represented
standing before the god Sapt or Supt, a form of Osiris Horus. The monarch
wears on his head the pschent, or crown of upper and lower Egypt, a long
round collar, uskh, round the neck, garment on the body, tunic, shenti, round the
loins, and the pendent tufted sash behind. In his right hand he holds a mace,
hat, placed, from Egyptian notions of drawing, behind his left side, while in his
left hand he holds a long stick or sceptre, db. Behind the king is the emblem
of his banner or palatial name. The name is placed in a rectangle, at the bottom
of which is a kind of door; beneath this are two arms, the right holding a
feather, the left a sceptre surmounted by a human head. The whole is supported
by a bar which passes into a signet. In other scenes this is called the Ka or
Eidolon of the king. Before Usertesen stands the god Sapt, facing him. Sapt
wears a long beard, and hair bound by a fillet and surmounted by two plumes.
Bound his loins is a tunic, senti, from which hang three tassels, each over
three tags, probably alluding to the land of Sati, over which he presided. In
each hand Sapt holds an emblem of life; that in the right hand he directs to
the nostril of the king, the one in the left is pendent. The hieroglyph inscrip-
tions in the area are the names and titles of the monarch, and the speech of
the god. The king's titles are "The king of upper and lower Egypt, Ba-sha-
kkeper (Usertesen II.), the conqueror, the lord performing things, giver of life
like the Sun for ever! beloved of Sapt, lord of the land of Satu, lord of the

The speech of the god is in two lines in front of the deity.

" I give thee all exaltation, I give thee all health through me, all established,
and sound life to thy nostril, oh good god!"

The whole is surmounted by the "Hut," or winged disk, and two urasi.
This refers to the Har of Hut under whose protection the tablet was placed.

Immediately under this scene is the date and object of the tablet.

"The year 1, he set up his memorial in the land of Ta-neter1."

In the second division Khnumhetp is represented wearing the usual long
hair, square beard, and tunic, basui, standing facing to the right, holding a kind

1 Ta-neter, the "holy land," is supposed to be Arabia, or a neighbouring country.
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