this is the recurved end of the standard. A symbol of life from the end of the
standard touches the royal prenomen, and life is imparted to it. Before the
"Beloved of Ap-matennu [Anubis], lord of the land of Taser,"
a royal title.
The whole of this portion of the tablet represents the prenomen of the kings
and the local gods under whose favour he was supposed especially to be.
Beneath this part is an usual sepulchral formula :
"Act of homage to Osiris, lord of Tattu [Abusir], great god, lord of Abutu
[Abydos], who has given sepulchral meals of food and drink, oxen, geese, clothes,
utensils, incense, wax, all good and pure things upon which a god lives, to the
devoted to Ptah, guardian of the house of offering, Usertesen-ankh, justified, son
In the second compartment the deceased and his wife are represented seated
at opposite ends of the scene over a table of offerings. Usertesen-ankh is
on the left, wearing a skull-cap, namms, collar, nsx, and tunic, s'enti, round
the loins, seated on a low chair with lion's feet and cloth, aft, over the back,
holding a lotus flower with his left hand. Under the chair is a child seated
on a similar chair of much smaller proportions, on the ground, naked, wearing
the skull-cap, namms, and a lock of hair, rut, at the right side of the head.
On the opposite side his wife, draped in the single garment, with strings and a
collar, us^j, holds also a water-plant, s'nin, in her right hand, extending also
the left. Under her chair is a boy, seated on his legs on the ground, holding
the leg of the chair with the right, and extending the left hand. The table,
tebh, is profusely laden with viands, as the head, haunch and ribs of a calf, a
water-fowl, three cakes of bread, two gourds, a bunch of onions, tray of figs,
and some other viands. Under it are two tall conical vases with stoppers, on
stands probably for wine, a water-jar with its cover strapped down, and a cup
on a stand. In the third compartment are similar scenes: a male and female
member of the family seated on chairs, facing, having between them a table of
offerings, on which are a haunch, ribs and two cakes. Underneath the table are
two tall conical jars. Under the chair of the female is a small figure, apparently
of a child, squatting on the ground; and behind another man, draped like the one