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Carter No.: 266b

Handlist description: Alabaster (calcite) canopic box on sledge covered with linen sheet

Card/Transcription No.: 266b-08


The lid was firmly secured to the box by the following means: Two gold staples (of copper or bronze coated with sheet gold) inserted and plugged into the N. & S. sides of the frieze of the lid, and corresponding staples inserted and plugged into the upper part of the N. & S. sides of the box. To these staples a stout cord was tightly bound and sealed with clay which, while plastic, was thrice impressed with a seal - the device of the seal being the usual recumbent figure of Anubis over nine prisoners disposed in three rows of three. "These prisoners represent the nine races of mankind - the Nine Bows, as the Egyptians called them; so that the magic significance of the seal is that Anubis will protect the deceased against every possible human intruder."1

1 (Gardiner, The tomb of Amenemhet, p.110)

Card no. 266b-08 relating to Carter no. 266b
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