Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1900-1901

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Erman, Zauberspriiche fur Mutter unci Kind; from tlie Abhandlungen
of the Berlin Academy, 1901. This is the publication of a papyrus in the
Berlin Museum containing a few recipes and a number of spells for the
benefit of a mother and her infant. The papyrus is of considerable length—
fifteen small pages—and nearly complete, but it is in a condition which
makes it difficult to decipher. Two pages are reproduced in fac-simile, and
the whole text is printed in transcription after careful examination by Sethe
and Lange, as well as by Erman himself. The papyrus belongs to the
period of the late Middle Kingdom and the early New Kingdom, a period
already represented by the Ebers, the Westcar, and the Khind Mathe-
matical papyri. Much of the text is extremely difficult, but Erman has
succeeded in translating the greater part of it, and it proves curious and
interesting, referring to magic knots, &c.

The same writer, A. Z. xxxviii. 151, gives the hieroglyphic transcription
and translation of a, fragmentary papyrus in the Gizeh Museum. It is a
petition for support for a foreigner (?) having no land in Egypt.

Daressy, Ostraca; Nos. 25,001—25,385, being a volume of the Catalogue
Generate des Antiquites Egyptiennes du Musee du Gaire. The hieratic
inscriptions on these ostraca include portions of favourite literary composi-
tions, such as the " Instructions of Amenemhat," the " Story of Sanehat,"
&c, also " Hymns to Amen," pious effusions of various sorts, letters,
accounts, and jottings. (Ostracon 25,360 is inscribed in some foreign
character, perhaps Assyrian.) Each ostracon is summarily described, with
reference to any previous publication of it, and often with a printed tran-
scription of the text. Indices of royal and personal names and titles, &c,
are added. Over thirty fine heliogravures reproduce a large number of the
specimens in fac-simile. This volume is therefore not only a very valuable
index to the collection, but it includes the edition of many of the texts in
an almost final form. The demotic ostraca, of which there is doubtless
a good collection in the Museum, are evidently reserved for a future

The first ■ volume of the Hieratische Papyrus of the Berlin Museum,
begun in 189G, and now completed, deals with two papyri found together at
Thebes. The edition consists of complete lithographic fac-similes of the
papyri, with brief introduction by the editors, who are the authorities of
the Berlin Museum. One papyrus is a ritual of Amen, the other is a
ritual of Mut. The texts are partly in the name of Barneses IX. of Lepsius
(XXth Dynasty), but the style of the writing conforms to a later date,
indicated by the name of Takellothis (XXIInd Dynasty) on the back. The
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