Peogeess of Egyptology.
Flindees Petkie, in his remarkable study of Migrations, touches
frequently on the ethnography of Ancient Egypt. He shows that
environment modifies skull form, and that an alien race in course of .time
becomes assimilated to the indigenous races about it. Huxley Lecture,
1906, printed in Joum. Anthrop. Inst, xxxvi. 189.
Dr. Elliot Smith elaborately describes and illustrates the mummy of
a priestess from the find at Deir el-Bahari. Ann. vii. 155.
Dr. H. Stahe, in a memoir of considerable size, furnished with tables
and illustrated by photographs, minutely describes a collection of one
hundred and thirty-seven mummy heads and skulls from Thebes, and
discusses the question of the Egyptian race. He considers that the
Egyptians were a mixed Asiatic and African race, the former element,
however, being the most characteristic. The evidence for brachycephaly
in the early sculptures has no support in actual crania, brachycephaly
existing only amongst the foreign element in the modern population.
The author analyses the work of his predecessors at some length, and it is
curious to find no reference to the labours of Kael Pearson, nor to
Biometriha, nor to the measurements of the modern inhabitants taken by
C. S. Myees. Die Rassenfrage im Antiken Aegypten.
Tonnini's La Psieologia delta civiltd Egizia is a popular account of
ancient Egypt written by a physician, who devotes special appendices
to ancient and modern craniology, the lunatic asylums and prisons,
Max Mulleb publishes two representations of surgical operations
and circumcision from a tomb of the Old Kingdom. Egyptological
The descriptive catalogue of the important collection of mummified
animals, birds, etc., in the Cairo Museum, by MM. Gaillaed and Daeessy,
has been published under the title La Faune momifiee de I'antique
figyptc: the parallel work by MM. Loetet and Gaillaed, La Faune
momifiee de I'ancienne Egypte, noticed last year, is a systematic treatise
rather than a catalogue.
Daeessy publishes two late green-glazed figures of a man with a giraffe,
and notes other occurrences of this animal in Egyptian art. Ann. vii. 61.
Lefebuee writes an erudite article on the bee in Egypt: its figured
representation, the use of honey and wax, apiculture, and the appearance
of the bee in fable. Sphinx xi. 1 (Extr. from Bull, historique et philologique,