Item Bonomi MSS 3.2 (recto) - Note on signet rings

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Bonomi MSS 3.2 (recto)


Note on signet rings


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Note on signet rings:
-ink text on paper
-13.1 x 21.3 cm
-[page number] '36'
'Signet ring of fine gold weighing nearly 3 sovereigns
bearing the name of Shufu the (Suphis) of the Greeks
This remarkable piece of antiquity is in the highest state
preservation and(crossed out) said to have been found at Gezeh
in a tomb near that(crossed out) to the excavation of Col Campbell The work(crossed out)
in(crossed out) The style of the hieroglyphics is perfectly that of those
sculptors(crossed out) hieroglyphics(crossed out) of the tombs about the
great pyramid all the details are eminently executed
The heaven is engraved with minute(crossed out) stars; The Fox or Jackall has
significant lines within its con[t]our; The hatchets have
their handles bound with thongs as usual in the sculptures; The volumes have the
string that binds them differently(crossed out) hanging below the
roll differently placed from any example in sculptured or
painted hierogs in the tombs; The determinative for country
is studded with dots representing the sand of the mountainous
margins of the side(crossed out) valley of Egypt The sign [F35] has the
tongue and semilunar mark of the longer examples as also
the vase in the shape of the heart. The Name is surmounted
by the usual(crossed out) globe and feathers decorated in the usual way except
that the lines are more horizontal than in the sculptured examples,
and the ring of The cartouch is engraved with lines representing
a rope of(crossed out) of(crossed out) which decoration I know no(crossed out) of the line inclosing
the hieroglyphics of a royal name I know of no example but
this; the [Aa1] in the name is placed as in the tombs not in
the centre(crossed out) as of the cartouch; the chickens have their unfledged
wings The serastes its horns to be seen only with the magnifying
glass Of(crossed out) the variations in(crossed out) from the usual made of representing
a volume and the inclosure of Royal names are circumstances
favorable to the genuineness of this remarkable piece of antiquity
for when taken into consideration with the style of the work(crossed out) which
is infinitely more difficult to imitate than little(crossed out) little x[crossed out]
in which(crossed out) details from(crossed out) in which the fabricator would not have
ventured to differ from the known examples'

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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-Bonomi, Joseph, Catalogue of a collection of Egyptian antiquities, the property of Henry Abbott. Cairo: [s.n.], 1846 (OEB 134900), p. 31-32.

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