relates Lis discovery at Abydos of a great royal tomb of crude brick,
comprising sixty-five chambers divided into two portions.
Jequier contributes to De Morgan's Ethnographic Prehistorique a
chapter on monuments contemporary with the Nakadek tomb, especially
publishing some fine heliogravures of engraved objects in the Gizeh
Museum and sketches of the impressions from cylinder-seals and of the
stelae, &c, discovered by Amelineau at Abydos. From these we see
that the great tomb just mentioned was of king Kha-sekhemui. He also
gives plans of the brick tombs of the kings Zet, Den, and Qa-a. The
tombs of Menes, Zet, and Kha-sekhemui, consist in great part of store
chambers once filled with every kind of provision such as would be
required in the palace of the king during his lifetime. The seals of the
wine jars are particularly valuable as preserving the names of kings and
offering a variety of interesting though brief inscriptions of extreme
Steindoeff (Ebers Festschrift) has an important paper, which should
have been, noticed in the last Eeport, on the sculptured slate palettes.
He was the first to recognize their early date and to figure all accessible
fragments. Qcibell (-4. Z., xxxvi. 81, see also Spiegelbeug, Or. Lilt.
Zeit. 283), now figures and describes a very fine example of these
palettes, found by him at Hieraconpolis, which bears the name of the
early king Nar-mer. He also gives a list of the principal finds at
Hieraconpolis: cf. Catalogue of Exhibition of E.E.F. and E.E.A.
Antiquities, 1898, and Max Muller, Or. Litt. Zeit. 217.
Sayce (P. 8. B. A. xx. 96) publishes, as belonging to this early period,
the inscriptions on thirteen black stone cylinders. Like scarab seals,
however, they are generally blundered and meaningless, and may
perhaps all date from the end of the Old Kingdom. He also gives the
sad history of a splendid sculptured palette, broken up by the Arabs and
the fragments partly lost, partly scattered amongst three museums.
Antiquities in General.
Turaieff has begun a Description of the Egyptian Monuments in the
Museums and Collections of Russia, of which the first part deals with
the minor collections at St. Petersburg and in the museums of the
Baltic provinces. The text is in Eussian with nine autographed plates
at the end.
Additions to the Egyptian section of the Berlin Museum. Or.
Litt. Zeit. 90.
Nash, P. 8. B. A., xx. 145, figures and describes a uraeus mummy-case