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Página 5 - ... as soon as born. A wasp which had been attracted by the floral treasures, and had entered the coffin at the moment of closing, was found dried up, but still perfect, having lasted better than the king whose emblem of sovereignty it had once been ; now it was there to mock the embalmer's skill, and to add point to the sermon on the vanity of human pride and power preached to us by the contents of that coffin. Inexorable is the decree,
Página 4 - XVIIIth dynasty; and once more, after an interval of thirty-six centuries, human eyes gazed on the features of the man who had conquered Syria, and Cyprus, and Ethiopia, and had raised Egypt to the highest pinnacle of her power ; so that it was said that in his reign she placed her frontiers where she pleased. The spectacle was of brief duration ; the remains proved to be in so fragile a state that there was only time to take a hasty photograph, and then the features crumbled to pieces and vanished...
Página 4 - The director told me that he felt such remorse at the result that he refused to allow the unrolling of Rameses the Great, for fear of a similar catastrophe. Thothmes III. was the man who overran Palestine with his armies 200 years before the birth of Moses, and has left us a diary of his adventures, for, like Caesar, he was author as well as soldier.
Página 6 - ... the name and titles of Masaharuta, high priest of Amen Ra, the deity of Thebes, and a row of pink rosettes on a yellow ground. On either side is a flap divided from the central section by four bands of colours — blue, red, yellow, and green — and further divided by a border of spearhead pattern. Below this comes a row of panels containing a row of emblematical devices, predominant amongst which is the scarabaeus, flying with extended wings, thrusting forward the solar disk— emblems of the...
Página 28 - Taelieve that they have discovered another mode of arriving at the determination of important epochs of Egyptian history in certain accounts of astronomical observations, which they have for this purpose subjected to exact calculation. The opportunity has been given for complicated calculations of such a kind by the reign of a king named Menophres, under whom, according to a Greek account, a new Sothic cycle began ; again, by the data contained in several royal sepulchres concerning the risings of...
Página 28 - Judgment— Life in Paradise— The Vulture Emblem— The Great Central Panel— The left-hand Flap. WE now come to the last passage in the inscription ; it is her title — " QUEEN OF THE LAND OF THE PAPYRUS AND THE LOTUS." The papyrus is not a native of Northern Egypt. It was probably brought with them by the original colonists of the Nile valley from the lakes of the Abyssinian lowlands, and cultivated for its valuable properties. It grows spontaneously in enormous quantities towards the head...
Página 4 - The director felt such remorse at the result that he refused to allow the unrolling of Rameses the Great, for fear of a similar catastrophe. Thothmes III. was the man who overran Palestine with his armies two hundred years before the birth of Moses, and has left us a diary of his adventures ; for, like Caesar, he was author as well as soldier. It seems strange that though the body mouldered to dust, the flowers with which it had been wreathed were so wonderfully preserved, that even their colour...
Página 4 - ... feet two inches ; so that, making due allowance for shrinking and compression in the process of embalming, still it is manifest that Thothmes III. was not a man of commanding stature ; but in shortness of stature as in brilliancy of conquests, finds his counterpart in the person of Napoleon the Great. It was desirable in the interests of science to ascertain whether the mummy bearing the monogram of Thothmes III. was really the remains of that monarch. It was therefore unrolled. The inscriptions...
Página 6 - ... on, eg, yellow on yellow. It illustrates their lavish expenditure on funeral ceremonies, that this pall, which was only to do duty for one day, should represent such an enormous amount of costly work. We are able to fix the date of this piece of tapestry pretty exactly. The queen for whom it was made was motherin-law to the Shishak who besieged and took Jerusalem three or four years after the death of Solomon, BC 980. She appears to have died young ; we may therefore allow about 20 years between...
Página 5 - ... colours ; thus each square of the chessboard-patterned foot-stool upon which the gazelles are kneeling is a distinct morsel stitched to its neighbours. The whole work is in fact a mosaic, and is the only example yet discovered of what may be called ancient Egyptian tapestry. The colours consist of bright pink, deep golden yellow, pale primrose, bluish green, and pale blue. They are wonderfully well preserved, considering that they were laid on not long after the Trojan war, and are contemporary...

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