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

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Sun. In the first division Mania is represented wearing the usual long hair or
wig, the namms, a collar, us)(, round the neck, and a short tunic, s'enti, round
the loins; he holds his right hand extended, the palm downwards; and in his
left a long stick, ab, and lotus flower. Mama is seated on a low-backed chair,
the feet of which are in shape of lions, and a cloth or cushion, the aft, is
thrown over the back of the chair, mau. At his side is seated his wife, Aahat,
wearing long hair, and collar, us^, and female garment held up by straps. She
is seated on the same chair or couch. Under the chair are three vases, has, two
of the cylindrical shape, like the Greek halathoi, with cover tied down, destined to
hold cosmetic and unguents; and a third jar-shaped, in winch is a stylus or
some other object. Before them is a table of offerings, consisting of a circular
cake of bread, paut, an oval loaf, at, a jar of wine or water on a stand,
having also a clay stopper, and the chine of a calf. Above them is a bunch
of onions. Under the table is a goose and laver. Before, a man wearing a skull-
cap, namms, a collar, usx, and a tunic, basui, stands holding in his right hand a
pyramidal heap of flowers, or else the pyramidal loaf, called tahut, placed in a
bowl, and his left elevated, as if addressing Mama and Aahat. The inscription
in front of him states,

"Act of homage1 by his son, Amsemshaaf2, justified."

The inscription above, in three lines, is the usual dedication to Osiris.

"Act of homage to Osiris, lord of Tattu [Abusir], who gives sepulchral meals
of bread and beer, oxen, geese, clothes, utensils, all good and pure things, supphes
food, gifts of heaven, things created by earth, upon which a god lives, to the
servant Mama, justified, [and] his wife Aahat, justified3."

The second division represents another family scene. At the right side of
the scene a "lady of the house, named Tata, justified," is represented, draped
like Aahat, seated on her left leg on the ground, facing to the right, her
right leg raised, and holding a lotus flower to her face. Before her and facing
stands "her daughter Sebesankhes, justified," also deceased, represented as a girl,
draped in a long tunic, facing her mother and offering her a cake. Sebesankhes

1 See ante.

2 The first part of the name "Ams" is that otherwise rendered Khem or Min.

3 In this and other places the Egyptian ma-xru, rendered "justified," is supposed by some to mean
" true-worded," " truthful." It was applied to deceased persons about the time of the 12th dynasty.

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