The present part of “Hieroglyphic Texts from Egyptian Stelae, etc., in the British Museum,” contains copies of all the inscribed monuments of the first eleven dynasties which are exhibited in the Vestibule and Northern Egyptian Gallery.
The greater number of the texts are funerary in character, and their importance is great, for they illustrate the burial customs which were current under the Ancient Empire. They also enumerate the principal tomb festivals, and supply a large number of the civil and priestly titles, and useful lists of the canonical offerings of the dead. Incidentally some of these texts contain information of the highest historical value. Thus the information obtained from the inscription of Ptah Shepses (No. 30) has been employed in determining the order of the succession of several kings of the IVth and Vth dynasties; and the stele of Antef (No. 99) supplies the names of three successive kings of the XIth dynasty, the order of whose reigns was, up to the time of its discovery, unknown.
Owing to the great difference in the sizes of the various objects, it has been found impossible to adopt a uniform scale in the drawings published herein.
The drawings, copies of the texts, and the descriptions of the plates are the work of Mr. P. D. Scott-Moncrieff, M.A., Assistant in the Department.
(E. A. Wallis Budge. Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum. November 29th, 1910.)
Воспроизведено в оригинальной авторской орфографии издания 1911 года (издательство "Oxford University Press").