objects of the toilet.
From the deities here mentioned, Ptah and his wife Se^et, a form of Bast,
it is clear that the vase is from a tomb at Memphis. Vases of this shape
came into use at the time of the 26th dynasty, or about the 7th cent. b.c.,
and do not appear to have been employed except for a short period; one
has been found inscribed with the name of Amasis II. From their elegant and
peculiar shape, they were probably representations of foreign vases in another
material. 5 in. high. Pale green 'porcelain.
768. Vase, in shape of an alabastos, to hold some unguent or cosmetic for
the toilet. It is ornamented with 16 yellow undulating or zigzag lines and 9
white ones, on a dark blue ground, and has two small wings or handles at
the sides, drop-shaped; the lip is broken. This little vase is probably of the
period of the 26th dynasty. 5 in. high. Glass.
769. Comb, large and of rectangular shape, with two rows of teeth, one
large and the other small. The space in the middle is bevelled and ornamented
with three grooved bands, and above the centre an undulating band between
two horizontal lines. These combs appear in various collections, but the date
of their first use is unknown, and they are neither represented in the hiero-
glyphics nor seen employed in the pictures of the tombs, either by persons at
the toilet, or barbers. The presumption therefore is that they did not come
into use at the earliest period. The mummy of a Graeco-Egyptian female named
Cleopatra, found in the sepulchres of Thebes, and now in the British Museum,
has a comb placed in the external bandages at the side of the head. She died
about a.d. 90. The shape of the comb resembles that in present use. 2-J in.
long, 4§ in. wide. Sycamore wood.
770. Metal mirror for the hand, un-her or maa-her, with wooden handle, in
shape of a lotus column, yu, surmounted by an abacus. At the sides in relief
are two figures of the goddess Mut, wife of Amen Ba, and second person of
the Theban triad, wearing on her head the pschent, or else the upper crown,
hut, a collar, u$x, round the neck, and having her arms pendent. She stands
full face, and at the sides are two stems of the papyrus. 5 J in. diameter of
the mirror, 9f in. high. Bronze and ebony1.
1 Engraved. Sir G. Wilkinson's Manners and Customs, VoL m. p. 3S6, No. 386, 414,