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TitleThe Offering Room of Prince Kaninisut
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Table of Contents
                            Index
The Offering Room of Prince Kaninisut
	The Site
	The Acquisition
	The Tomb
	The History of Prince Kaninisut and his Descendants
	The Carvings
		General Notions
		Description
			The Entrance
			The Western Wall
			The Southern (Left Hand) Wall
			The Eastern Wall
			The Northern Wall
                        
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“Verein der Museumsfreunde.”

Who joins the Society, favours the public museums.
Members of the Society are entitled to visit gratuitous the
Austrian State Collections and a reduction of 30% from
the entrance-fee at exhibitions of “Secession” and the
“Künstlerhaus” and of 50% at arrangements (exhibitions,
guidances) of the Society. I

Members: yearly contribution ‘ . . s 10.--
Supporting members. . . . . . . . . . . 30.--
Patrons .............. ,, 100.--
Founders . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,, 1000.--

Announcements at the Administration of the Society, Vienna,
III., Reisnerstrasse 32, and at the Administration of the Museum of
Fine Arts in Vienna, I., Burgring 5.

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Plate 5 . A Scene of Offering in the Entrance of the Tomb.

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knowledge of the ancient Egyptians' belief in life hereafter. We
must think of the spare heads and statues of the dead as animated
by their souls, and likewise the carved likenesses of the deceased in
the room of offerings are animated by the soul (ka), and all the
scenes of which they are the centre have real life: the table of
offerings is constantly laden with real food, the villages bring their
tributes, butchers, bakers, cooks and cup bearers approach bearing
plates and jugs of meat and drink for the festival. The deceased
lasts for ever with his dignities, functions and titles enumerated in
the inscriptions, in the midst of his family, surrounded by his
officials and servants, all perpetuated by their likenesses and the
inscriptions of their names. Representations and inscriptions were
painted in brilliant colours, which must have enhanced the
impression of liveliness very much.

It is the same idea we find in both the structure and the
decoration of tombs in ancient Egypt: a house is built for the
deceased to live in for eternity with his family and his servants.
All the events of which his life was made up are perpetuated there.

We owe our knowledge of life in this ancient time to this
conception the Egyptians had of the burial of their dead. The
mastabas of Giza and Sakkara with their numerous reliefs and
inscriptions give us a true notion of the way of living of the
Egyptians of the Old Empire, and a period which lies back
5000 years rises vividly before us.

b) DESCRIPTION.
The Entrance.
(Plates 5 and 6.)

The entrance to the offering room is a passage 1.60m. long
which once was closed by a wooden door. A round beam above it
was inscribed with the principal titles and names of the deceased.
The sidewalls are covered with representations of the ritual meal.

On the right side we see Kaninisut seated at the table of
offerings, on a chair the legs of which have the shape of bull's legs.
The ends of the seat on which a cushion is laid terminate in lotus-
flowers. The deceased is wearing a leopard's skin, reaching down
to his knees and covering his plaited apron. His head is covered by
a wig imitating short curls of frizzled hair. H e is wearing wide
wristbands. His left fist is clinched and lifted unto his breast, his

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