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

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in the same attitude as the male figure. Before them are three perpendicular
lines of hieroglyphs, reading retrograde to right, adoration to Osiris:

1. "Act of homage to Osiris,

2. eternal ruler, great god,

3. lord of Abydos, who gives sepulchral meals of bread and beer."

The whole is in bas-relief, and probably represents the usual ancestral homage
offered to a man and his wife by his son or brother. The three lower figures
are also probably brothers and sisters of the same. This tablet is not alto-
gether satisfactory as to its authenticity, the hieroglyphs in the first line being
transposed. 10 in. high, 8 in. wide. Calcareous stone.

1945. Sepulchral tablet, hutu, with rounded top, of "Ari," an officer, in
two divisions. The first division represents the officer wearing a short wig,
namms, a collar, us^, round the body a long tunic, basui, seated on a high-
backed chair, maui, facing the right. His right hand is placed along his
leg; his left raises a lotus flower to his face; at his side is his wife, Tu-
menhetp, the lady of the house, wearing long hair, namms, a collar, us^,
round the neck, a long female garment, basui, fixed by straps on her shoulders.
She places her left hand on the left shoulder of her' husband, and her right
grasps his right arm. They are seated on a high-backed chair. Before them
stands the officer named Amenemha, "officer superintendent of the place of the
geese, Ari [a guardian,] Amenemha." He is draped like Ari, but wears a shorter
garment; his right hand pours pure water, qabh, from a libation vase on a
small altar and jar beneath; his left is pendent at his side as if holding a
censer or amshoir.

In the second division are four persons seated on their right legs on the
ground, their left knees raised; the first is draped like the preceding, and holds
a lotus to his face with his left hand; he is named "Titaf;" the second, a
female, draped like Tuemenhetp, is named "Tai;" she holds a drooping lotus bud
in her left hand; the third is a female named "Bak;" and the fourth another
female named Tanefer. Beneath are two horizontal lines of hieroglyphs, a dedi-
cation to Osiris : "Act of homage to Osiris, who gives all good and pure things
to Mentuhetp."

The scenes are in relief; the hieroglyphs in intaglio; hair black, flesh of
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