Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Egyptian archœol., a case of wood or cartonnage in which a mummy was inclosed, having as nearly as possible the shape of the mummy, and carved and painted so as to represent the dead person. The mummy-cases of the rich were often very elaborately painted and inlaid, and were inclosed in a second or outer case of wood, or a sarcophagus of stone, the latter being sometimes also of the form of the mummy, but more frequently rectangular. See cut in next column.
“Since you are positive that the picture of the mummy is the picture of Kathulos -- and there is little room for fraud -- one of two things is practically certain: the Scorpion was never dead but ages ago was placed in that mummy-case and his life preserved in some manner, or else -- he was dead and has been brought to life!”
“Gordon and I watched them closely as they made their way to a large mummy-case which stood upright against the wall not far from the back.”
“At last, baffled, we returned to the mummy-case, which was certainly long enough to conceal even a man of Kathulos 'height.”
“Morley, narrating in another place the description of the mummy-case as jotted down by Von Lorfmon and passed on to Schuyler, mentions the fact that large portions of seaweed adhered to it -- seaweed of a kind found only at great depths, on the bottom of the ocean.”
“And search it we did, with the combined craft of a secret service expert and a denizen of the underworld -- while Hansen stood stolidly at his post, the two Negroes standing over the carved mummy-case watched us impassively and the Levantine sitting like a sphinx on his mat, puffing a fog of smoke into the air.”
“The man was standing with staring eyes; wide open, fish-shaped eyes, so motionless that they looked like the eyes painted on a mummy-case.”
“The chamber was square, with walls and ceiling of polished black marble and furnished after the manner of the ancient Stygians; there was a couch of ebony, covered with black velvet, and on a black stone dais lay a carven mummy-case.”
“Into this cavern came some of the same dark, wiry men who had borne the mummy-case.”
“But none looked aside from the mummy-case over which the man in the ermine-trimmed robe was now moving the great flaming jewel while he muttered an incantation that was old when Atlantis sank.”
“He was staring at the mummy-case, on which the countenance of the occupant was carved in ivory with the startling vividness of a forgotten art.”
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