Pbogeess of Egyptology.
Like all others known, this naos is of late date. Plan, section and
elevation by Howard Carter are given.
In 0. L. Z. iii. 385, Beethelot is reported to have discovered that gold
from the Vlth to the Xllth Dynasty contained a strong alloy of silver ; in
the Persian period the alloy is slight.
Lucas, Annates, i. 286, gives the analysis (silver chloride) of a crown
from Dahshur, now falling to pieces; also of bronze and copper objects in
the Grizeh Museum.
Capabt has published the syllabus of his Brussels university extension
lectures for the academic year 1900-1901, under the title, Fourquoi les
Bgyptiens faisaient cles momies?
Baillet, Bee. xxii. 180, on the origin of mummification. He notes
the ceremonies for purification in the ritual and the constant allusions to
purity and prevention of corruption.
Eeman, A. Z. xxxviii. 107, notes the symbolical figures of the three
seasons in the tomb of Mereruka and in the obelisk temple. In the former
case the artist is represented as drawing the figures.
Maspeeo, Bee. xxii. 225, suggests that a curious gold coin, with a
hieroglyphic device on each side meaning " good gold," generally supposed
to be a fabrication, may after all be a genuine piece dating from the wars
of Teos, and coined for the payment of his mercenaries against the
Persians. If so, it is the only Pharaonic coin yet discovered. The same
object is figured and described by Chassinat, Bull, de I'Inst. Franc, i., and
by Gr. F. Hill, Numismatic Chronicle, 1900, p. 371. The latter throws
considerable doubt on its authenticity.
C. H. Steatz, A. Z. xxxiii. 148, on the nudity of female dancers in Egypt.
Towey White, P. 8. B. A. xxiii. 130, publishes a painter's palette
inscribed with the cartouche of Nepherites. Weigall, ib. p. xxxiii. 15,
publishes a porcelain naos of Bast.
Acquisitions by the Berlin Museum are reported in O. L. Z. iii. 307, 465.
The volume of the new Catalogue of the Cairo Museum, -which deals
with the metal vessels in the collection—exclusive of those secured in the
two great Der el Bahri finds, and of Coptic and Byzantine specimens-
is compiled by Hebe von Bissing. His catalogue comprises over 150
examples in hammered copper, in bronze hammered or cast, and in silver
and lead; it has many indices and abundant photographic illustrations.
The historical treatment of the subject in the introduction is as interesting
as it is concise. Eor archaeological purposes the author defines the Old