Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1906-1907

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evidently disliked by these insects, and well known by the Egyptians to be
so disliked, were almost intact. The bodies lay in the narrow coffins on
their left sides, the head covered with a mask of cartonnage and resting on
a pillow. Over and around the bodies were placed great lengths of linen
cloth and over these and in front of the deceased were laid his staffs and
bow. The bow had been intentionally broken. A similar tomb and a

richer one was that of , aaaa™ and his wife I v£v, which

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contained an extraordinary variety of the wooden boats and models known
already from the cemeteries of Meir and El-Bersheh.

" The boats were of two kinds, one, the heavier, painted yellow, with a
cabin with awning painted to imitate leather, in which the proprietor,
more carefully made and of better wood than his sailors, sat with his box
by his side; this boat was sailed or rowed ; the other, a light papyrus boat
with flower-shaped prow and stern, was painted green, carried a very light
shelter under which the owner usually stood, and was paddled, not rowed,
when not under sail.

" There were granaries, one with a door that would open, with little men
carrying up baskets to empty them through the holes in the roof while two
scribes keep count of their loads; potters' workshops showing a pot being
moulded on the wheel; sawyers with little bronze saws, kitchens in which
beer was made and oxen slain, even two vineyards, rather rude models,
these painted blue and showing that the vines were carried on trellises
supported on pillars of brick.

" The two most pleasing and novel of the models were, however, the
procession of girls and boys, and Karenen's evening entertainment. The
women and boys, 10 of each, are fixed on a board 1^ metres long, and
march in two files, bearing on their heads the necessaries for the funeral
feast,—meat, drink, a bowl of fuel, and a fan to blow the fire, a mat, and
a head-rest.

" The other scene shows a group of seven little figures fixed on an oblong
board, 38 cent, on its longer side. Karenen, made of the good dark wood,
sits in his palanquin, which was clearly used as an arm-chair at home ; to
the left of him is a harpist, to the right another, the latter a woman.

" Before him are three dancing girls, squatting on the ground, singing
and clapping their hands: one of them wears her hair in the knob-ended
queue affected by these gymnasts; a fourth girl, the favourite, sits on a
stool just before Karenen's knees.

" His views as to the nature of a pleasant evening could not be more
clear, and it is regrettable that the corresponding piece on his wife's coffin,
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