a compendium of Egyptian archaeology : it is by far the most valuable anil
handy catalogue as yet issued by any museum and is indispensable to the
archaeologist, who will find abundance of new ideas in the headings and
descriptions. Among the new acquisitions we notice particularly the
precious fragments obtained during the previous year from the temple of
Sahara, now in course of systematic excavation (p. 42), and portions of an
unique astronomical instrument of about the XXVIth Dynasty, with
an ingenious explanation of its use (p. 309). The Catalogue is reviewed
by Piehl in Sphinx, iii. 110. A Catalogue of the Papyri, and a manual
on " The Gods and Death, according to Egyptian ideas," are promised, and
will be eagerly awaited.
The British Museum has issued a complete guide—written by
Dr. Budge—to the mummies and coffins which now form so conspicuous a
portion of the collection, occupying almost the whole of the first and
second Egyptian rooms. It is embellished with twenty-five plates illus-
trating an example of the Xlth Dynasty and other instances from the
XXth Dynasty to late Boman times; it also gives a summary account
of the smaller objects in the cases of the same rooms. The plates are
numbered in chronological order, but are inserted in the book according to
the order in which they are described.
Gr. Foucart, Rev. Arch, xxxiii. 366, reviews Steindorff's Grab des
In P. S. B. A. xxi. 170, Nash gives a photograph of the impression of a
cylinder seal in his collection with the name of Pepy I., and incomplete
titles of an official. Bylands, ib. 175, gives a sketch of a pearl shell from
the Myers collection with cartouche of Usertesen I.
Jacoby, Bee. de Trav. xxi. 24, explains the piece of linen commonly
held in one hand by noble persons as a symbol of dominion connected
with a scourge (?), and associates it with the hieroglyph for S.
Spiegelberg, Bee. de Trav. xxi. 54, shows by figures how in the Old
Kingdom the short dress tunic passed round the waist and was held
in place by a girdle, the narrow end of the overlap being pulled up under
the girdle for further security.
Beyillout, Rev. Egypt, viii. 93, prints a lecture on "Le Moyen Age
de l'Egypte Pharaonique dans l'Art et dans les Mceurs."
Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, &c, Technical Crafts.
A new plan of the " tomb of Menes " is given by Borchardt in Aeg.
Zeit. xxxvi. 87. In it he distinguishes the original building from
additions made at two different periods, presumably soon after the burial