objects not egyptian.
2043. Mosaic * on it the Hut or winged disk, inlaid on a dark background.
The aten, or disk, is wanting; the horns on which it is placed and the feathers
of the wings are coloured red and white. This little object is of the Roman
period, probably about the first century after Christ. 1 in. square. Blue glass.
2044. Unguent vase or phial of the usual shape of the Roman period,
replacing the aryballos of the older age, and used for holding small quantities
of oil; with circular base, egg-shaped body, tall cylindrical neck and lips. They
were probably the guttus or gutturnius, the English phial, well suited for
dropping oil and for holding unguents, cosmetics, medicines and other liquids,
small quantities only of which were required. 3| in. high. Red terra cotta.
2045. Seal-shaped object; having a giant rudely carved above, two arms
raised, and terminating in two snakes for legs; like the mediaeval style. 1 in.
2046. Hair-pin for passing through the hair, the acus crinalis of the
Romans, not used by the ancient Egyptians. The upper part is carved
in shape of a stud, and round the top of the body are concentric and crossing
lines used for ornamentation ; the end is pointed. in. long. Light-brown wood,
sont or acacia.
2047. Small Chinese bottle for holding snuff, with flat oval body, short
neck and foot; on one side is painted a flower in black and red on a white
ground. On the reverse are two perpendicular lines of Chinese cursive cha-
Hwa Jcae yew yih neen.
" The flower opens, lo, another year !"1
Quotation from the poetry of Wei ying wu, a poet of the Sung dynasty, a.d.
702—795. It shews that the vase was intended for a new year's gift. These
bottles are mediaeval, and said to come with the caravans to Egypt from "Western
China. 2 in. high. Porcelain.
2048. Mexican vase; flat, circular and plate-shaped, standing on three legs
in shape of human heads, wearing caps and inverted. 8f in. diameter, 3f in.
high. Red terra cotta.
1 Le Blant, Hist. d. I. Porcel, Paris, 1862, p. 193.