Progress of Egyptology.
G. Benedite describes a beautiful statue of Queen Karoama of the
XXIInd Dynasty, at the Louvre. This statue was obtained by Cham-
pollion, but for years its delicate workmanship and fine gold inlay were
almost hidden by incrustation. It has recently been cleaned and displays
the queen as Isis-Hathor (Gazette des Beaux Arts).
Beni Hasan III., with 6 coloured plates of hieroglyphs, and 4
coloured plates illustrating the manufacture and use of flint knives;
reviewed by Masi'Ero (Rev. Crit. xliii. 201).
In the most beautiful Egyptological plates that have appeared this
year Steindorff has published the 3 coffins of Mentuhetep in the Berlin
Museum, with all the furniture discovered in the tomb by Passalacqua.
Archaeologically this publication is extremely valuable, and the explana-
tions by the editor are much to the point. (Das Grab des Mentuhetep,
Heft. viii. of Mitth. a. d. Orient. Samml. z. Berlin.)
The tomb of Anna (Abd el Kurna) has been published by H. Boussac
(Miss. Arch, au Gaire, xviii. 1); 16 plates in colours. These plates
are from water colour sketches which won a medal at the Salon of
1892, and their interest is chiefly artistic. The tomb which they
represent is, however, of considerable importance, and this may have
influenced the editor to publish them among the works of the Mission,
of which M. Boussac was a member. As for the inscriptions, the editor
promises to supply accurate copies in the text.
In Deveria's Memoires (i. 145) there is a fragment of some length
on the use of the sedan chair in Egypt.
Fine Art, Arts and Crafts.
A new French writer has come to the fore in M. G. Fodcart, who has
written a very able book on the Lotus Column in Egypt: " the most
complete and important study that has been published on any single
item of Egyptian archaeology," and "a grateful contrast to the piles
of showy volumes full of errors of transcription and drawing which
have rapidly loaded the shelves of Egyptology in recent years.'" It is
noticed in a brilliant review by Pbteie (Journal of B. Inst, of British
Archs. iv. 3G1). The book is full of valuable facts and references, and
the review is very stimulating and suggestive.
Foucart also reviews Petrie's Egyptian Decorative Art (Rev. Arch.
xxix. 267). He well appreciates these brilliant essays; but his doubt as
to the explanation of the dad sign will be echoed by many. He also
deals with the conventions of Egyptian artists when representing archi-