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Carter No.: 257

Handlist description: Niche containing Osiris figure

Card/Transcription No.: 257-1

No. 257.

A NICHE cut in the east wall, facing the foot end of the sarcophagus (right, S.E., corner), 120 cents. above the floor of the Burial-chamber.

THE NICHE takes the form of a roughly cut shallow recess of rectangular shape, 27 cents. high, 20 cents. wide, and 18 cents. deep. It was closed by the means of a suitable but irregular shaped splinter of limestone, which was plastered over flush with the surface of the wall and then painted over to match the colour decorating the wall.

THE NICHE CONTAINED an Osiris figure standing upon a brick (pedestal), facing south, and made, like the brick (pedestal) itself, of unbaked clay. Both the figure and the brick (pedestal) were completely swathed in narrow strips of fine linen averaging 3 to 4 cents. in width.

THE OSIRIS FIGURE, 16.8 cents. high (= 9 digits), wearing the simple form of the atef-crown and beard, is modelled upon a stick support inserted in the brick (pedestal). The figure is cracked in several places due to shrinkage of the clay when drying.

THE BRICK (pedestal), 13.1 cents. long, 6.5 cents. wide, and 3.7 cents. thick (= 7 x 3 x 2 digits), has graven upon its uppper surface, in front of the figure, the following incantation in hieroglyphic characters:

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On the bottom of the brick (pedestal) are traces of red paint.

This unique figure appears to take the place of the reed torch mentioned in the Book of the Dead (Ch. CLI), however, it must not be forgotten that a small reed torch with its brick (pedestal) of unbaked clay bearing an incantation graven in hieroglyphic characters was found on the floor within the threshold of the entrance of the Treasury (see No. 263).

Card no. 257-1 relating to Carter no. 257
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