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

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Besides sepulchral vases, various other objects connected with the funereal cere-
monies were deposited in the tombs, and comprised part of the furniture of
the dead. Two classes of wooden figures, used for holding objects,

were the most prominent. The first, which always held the papyri, the Funeral
Ritual deposited with the dead, are in shape of Osiris in his usual type, standing
mummied on a pedestal, wearing the crown, atf, the hands crossed, and holding
the crook and whip. These figures are generally of a late date. The papyri
were rolled up in a cylindrical or flattened form and placed inside the body of
the god, or else in rectangular or other recesses in the pedestals. The whole
was covered with bitumen or painted black. The other class of figures are in
shape of Ptah Socharis Osiris, standing mummied on a pedestal—wearing a disk,
horns, and two ostrich feathers, the body in a network—which often have in
front small representations of chests, s'ta, surmounted by a mummied hawk,
a^am, covering a small rectangular niche, in which were deposited portions of
the body or other objects. Occasionally there was a hole in the head for the
same purpose. These figures are painted in various colours, and besides the
usual dedications are often inscribed with a special formula. The tessera? were
tickets attached to the mummies.

1997. Ptah Socharis Osiris, standing, face gilded, head wearing a long head-
dress, namms, coloured blue, with yellow stripes, collar, usx, green and yellow,
with red and blue drops; body mummied, and represented as feathered and
covered with winffs of a blue and lierbt screen colour. On the feet is a hawk,
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