Progress of Egyptology.
object described as a limestone naos at Alexandria on p. Ill, is repeated
on p. 216 as of marble and at Cairo ! A stele plainly commemorating an
artisan (reKrcov), bears an adze : this the author declares (p. 94) is but
the hieroglyph dp, " elect." The illustrations are often highly unsatis-
factory. Evidently based on interesting photographs, they appear here as
hut rough and vague sketches ; cf. those on pp. 26, 153, 239, 269. Their
inaccuracy in important detail may be gauged by the drawings on
pp. 145, 276, both purporting to be views of the same subject. These
characteristics of the work will not surprise those acquainted with
M. G-ayet's previous publications, but it is worth drawing attention to them
here since this book is but too likely to succeed in " popularizing " very
perverted notions upon a still unfamiliar subject.
The same author has given a description, with illustrations, of some of his
recent work at Antinoe, in fuller form than in the corresponding exhibition-
catalogues35 (cf. Arch. Report, 1900-1, p. 77). Added thereto are translations
by M. de Ricci of four 5th century papyri from these excavations, the
texts of which he has printed in Wessely's Studien zur Paldographie.
The latest catalogue of objects from the above locality36 contains a
reference to eight Christian tombs discovered, with external chapels and
remnants of frescoes. One can but regret that the authorities should
have abandoned the working of so invaluable a site as that of Antinoe
to the repeated visits of an explorer whose vivid imagination and
inaccuracy of observation, as demonstrated in his recent large work,
deprive him of power to record facts as they are.
Among the Christian antiquities collected in the " Mediaeval Depart-
ment " of the British Museum about one-ninth of the total and probably
many more come from Egypt. The index to Mr. Dalton's new catalogue3''
conveniently classes them together. The more important of the former
are the famous Daniel and Menas ivory caskets (297, 298), the lately
acquired " Constantine Cup" (916), a fine stone stele (942,) and the
elaborate wooden panels from the Mo'allaqah, in Cairo (986). It may be
observed that the name Dios (806) is familiar enough in Egypt, where a
martyr so called was commemorated.
Prof. Strzygowski describes38 the elaborately decorated doors, apses,
/ and haikal of the principal church in the Mtrian monastery of
e-i-Buriyani, which he recently visited, and compares therewith the
ornamentation of part of the Tulun mosque. Incidental Syriac texts give
the date ea. 940. Whether the art is Syrian or Egyptian Prof.
Strzygowski leaves undecided.
Excavations have, during the past two(?) seasons, been carried on—