Uarda: A Romance of Ancient Egypt, Volume 2

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W.S. Gottsberger, 1880 - Egypt
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Page 54 - and close behind Nefert's husband, Mena, with the guards. Uncle Ani comes on foot. How strangely he has dressed himself like a sphinx hind-part before!" "How so?" asked Nefert. "A sphinx," said Rameri laughing, "has the body of a lion, and the head of a man,* and my uncle has a peaceful priest's robe, and on his head the helmet of a warrior." "If the king were here, the distributor of life," said Nefert, "you would not be missing from among his supporters.
Page 238 - Thick carpets, which seemed to have transported the seashore to the dry land — for their pale blue was strewn with a variety of shells, fishes, and water-plants — covered the floor of the banqueting hall, in which three hundred seats were placed beside the tables, for the nobles of the kingdom and the officers of the troops. Above all this splendour hung a thousand lamps shaped like tulips and lilies, and in the entrance stood a huge basket of roses, to be strewn before the king when he should...
Page 238 - Lebanon; the leaves and twigs consisted of artfully fastened and colored tissue; elegant festoons of bluish gauze were stretched from pillar to pillar across the hall, and in the centre of the eastern wall they were attached to a large shell-shaped canopy extending over the throne of the king, which was decorated with pieces of green and blue glass, of mother of pearl, of shining plates of mica, and other sparkling objects. The throne itself had the shape of a buckler, guarded by two lions, which...
Page 238 - Above all this splendor hung a thousand lamps, shaped like lilies and tulips, and in the entrance hall stood a huge basket of roses to be strewn before the king when he should arrive. Even the bedrooms for the king and his suite were splendidly decorated; finely embroidered purple...
Page 238 - It was of unusual height, and had a vaulted ceiling painted blue and sprinkled with stars, to represent the night heavens. This rested on pillars ; carved, some in the form of date palms; some, like cedars of Lebanon. The leaves and twigs consisted of artfully fastened and coloured tissue : elegant festoons of bluish gauze were stretched from pillar to pillar across the hall, and were attached in the centre of the eastern wall to a large shell-shaped canopy over the throne of the king, decorated...
Page 47 - Bring offerings," says a pious text, " to thy father and thy mother who rest in the valley of the tombs ; for he who gives these offerings is as acceptable to the Gods as if they were brought to themselves. Often visit thy dead, so that what thou dost for them, thy son may do for thee.
Page 239 - ... roses to be strewn before the king when he should arrive. Even the bedrooms for the king and his suite were splendidly decorated; finely embroidered purple stuffs covered the walls, a light cloud of pale blue gauze hung across the ceiling, and giraffe skins were laid instead of carpets on the floor.

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