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

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WOODEN SEPULCHRAL TABLETS.

openers or leaders of the roads of the South and North. The inscriptions
which accompany these representations are the same as on the tablets of stone,
consisting of the usual sepulchral formula for the usual benefits, and mention
the food to be received by the deceased in the future state, his passage through
Hades, the soul to go off the earth or wherever it desired, and the body to
remain in the empyreal region or abode of the morning. Some of the inscrip-
tions are adorations to the Sun in his various characters and types. These tablets
have also Osiris prefixed to the name, shewing that they are not earlier than
the 19th dynasty, when this title first appears, and the later tablets of the
period of the close of the Ptolemies and Roman Empire have the name of
Athor. The most complete of these tablets have stands in the shape of steps,
one at each end of the tablet; and on the top a figure of the soul, represented
as a human-headed bird, standing on a small rectangular pedestal, which is
attached by a plug to a hole on the top of the tablets. These tablets are much
more rare than those made of stone.

1980. Sepulchral tablet, with a rounded top, hutu. Above is the Hut with
disk, pendent urasi, and red and green wings, the ursei have white bodies with
red necks. Beneath is the hall of the two Truths, the vignette of the 125th chapter
of the Ritual, with a cornice of 34 tops of staffs, coloured blue and red. Thoth,
ibis-headed with a green body, blue head-attire, namms, red sash over the right
elbow; walks to left, holding the deceased female Tasamena by the left hand;
her flesh is coloured; in green drapery and single garment with fringe; sho
wears a blue head-dress, namms, and holds her hands pendent. Thoth introduces
her to Osiris, and raises his right hand; Osiris stands facing to the left wearing
a white crown, the atef, features coloured green and drapery red, with a red
bandage crossed, the £ and counterpoise, and holds in both hands the sceptre,
t'am or uas, the three-thonged whip and crook united. Behind him stands Isis,
having her throne on her head, a blue head-dress, namms, blue garment, and a
red sash or bundle over her left hand, which she places at the back of Osiris.
Behind Isis is Amset, human-headed, mummied, face red, drapery green, beard,
and crossed strap, the black, and Hapi cynocephalus-headed, mummied, face
green, head-dress, namms, blue, body red, all facing same way as Osiris.

Below, facing to the right, are four horizontal lines of hieroglyphs : "Act of
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