By Ernest Alfred Wallace Budge
Because the first donations of Egyptian artefacts to the Fitzwilliam Museum, together with the sarcophagus lid of Rameses III donated in 1823, its historic Egyptian holdings have grown gradually. This assortment, now some of the most very important in Britain, was once catalogued for the 1st time via Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (1857-1934) of the British Museum's division of antiquities. Budge used to be a number one authority on historic Egypt and had himself got a number of items for the museum in Egypt in 1886-7. the gathering as indexed during this 1893 e-book incorporated 577 items: sarcophagi, coffins, canopic jars, mummies, scarabs, sculptures, and different ornamental gadgets. Budge supplied transcriptions and translations of the hieroglyphs that seem at the gadgets together with his descriptions of every merchandise. even though the gathering has been augmented by means of many extra presents and purchases, Budge's catalogue continues to be a worthy checklist of the gathering within the overdue Victorian interval.
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La/s. } The pillars of each shrine are formed by a # placed above a lotus column. The feet of this cover are wanting. 16 MUMMY COVER OF NESI-PA-UR-SHEF. II. The Cover which was laid upon the Mummy. ) On the inside of this cover the following scenes are painted in yellow upon a purple ground :— I. The water of the sky, upon which is a boat ^—*; under the boat at each end is a fish; one is called the abtu fish, anc * the other the dntu x fish flSSSleQa. In the boat is a ram-headed beetle, under each wing is a serpent 1$$i, and between the hind legs is O sen, emblematic of the sun's course through the heavens.
Met dmyi yet Auset ur mut neter tats hetep t'efau yet nebt. Right side. I. Met dmyi yer Ausdr neb Abtu. 2. Met d-myi yer PtahSekeri. 3. Amyi yer ba da any em 4. Met dmyi ye> Ausdr neb Ta-sert. 5- Met dmyi yer Mesthd neter da neb Amentet yenti Re-stetet madtyeru. INNER COFFIN OF NESI-PA-UR-SHEF. 28 No regular order appears to have been followed by the artist in painting the outside of this cover. We should expect pictures of the four children of Horus, and of Anubis and Apuat; neither of these two last gods is mentioned, nor Hapi.
Above is a boat in which is a figure of the sun on the horizon rOj yu,t, and on the disk is Ra, the Sun-god, having disk and uraeus on his head, and the sign for life -9- dw% in his hands. He is adored on each side by a cynocephalus ape with uplifted hands. IV. " Above are a pair of arms f ) embracing the disk of the sun ff\, which shines upon the mummy, and whose rays cause five plants to spring up from it. " V. Shrine or ark, formed by a serpent, in which stand, I, the goddess Isis, lion-headed, and wearing an uraeus: 2, the god Chepera, beetle-headed; and 3, the god Osiris, ramheaded, and wearing an urasus.
A Catalogue of the Egyptian Collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge by Ernest Alfred Wallace Budge