SEPULCHRAL TABLETS IN CALCAREOUS STONE.
The second scene represents a procession of figures to the right; the first
five are men, their heads shorn, and wearing long tunics, basui; each holds
the right hand pendent and elevates the left. They are followed by three
females in the usual female costume and the same attitude. Beneath are eight
lines of hieroglyphs, the usual dedication :
"Act of homage to Osiris, the great god, resident in the land, who has
given sepulchral meals of bread and beer, oxen, geese, all good, pure and
delightful things upon which a god lives, at the great manifestation in the divine
abode of Ptah, who is lord of the South, to the one attached to the hour
(horoscopist) of Ptah, lord of the upper and lower world, the sacred scribe,
Harpakhrat, justified ... born of the lady of a house, Uathetp. Oh all prophets,
divine fathers, priests, scribes, hierodouloi, who pass by this sepulchre as you
would preserve your dignities to your children, say ye an act of homage for the
persons of the tomb for the air to go to the mummies (sah), opening the
principal places of the abode of infinity. Opens (qp) the South side, (to) the
supplier of water from the symbolic eye, Harsiesis, justified; the North, the
Osirian Araru, son of Paqamt; the West, T'etptahaufankh, son of the prophet
Hata; the East, the superintendent cupbearer or officer (1111 or mennu), Amen-
artas son of ... Mutau, justified for ever and ever."
The word South side is here expressed by _ suten tut, and the
person is styled udh mu em uta. About the other titles there are no difficulties.
This opening of the doors to admit the winds from the different sides alludes
to the 161st chapter of the Bitual, where Thoth opens the doors to allow the
four winds to pass to the coffin of the deceased. From the name Amenartas
it is clearly not older than the 26th dynasty, to~ some period of which it must
be referred. 1 ft. 6A in. high, 10 in. wide. Calcareous stone.
1971. Sepulchral tablet, hutu, with rounded top.- Above are two jackals,
sabu, emblems of Anupu or Anubis, as Ap-matennu, " Opener of the paths,"
seated, facing each other, holding in their forepaws the sceptre, sometimes
employed in the inscriptions as chief or consecrator, as yerp ras, "Consecrator
of the South," and xerP maK "Consecrator of the North." Between them are
three lines, emblem of water, and a basket, symbol of the earth. Beneath, in
the first division, is the goddess Isis, seated, draped, wearing disk and horns