Progress of Egyptology.
The Musee Egyptian II;, fasc. 2, comprises the large find of gold and silver
of the age of Ptolemy I. and II. discovered at Tukh el-Qaramus in 1905
and 1906, pis. xxii.-xxviii., described by Edgar : a limestone statue of the
Old Kingdom found by Eeisnee at Gizeh, representing a dwarf, pi. xxix.,
described by Maspeeo : and a selection of Saite bas-reliefs, especially from
Memphis, Heliopolis, Bubastis, and Sais, pis. xxxii.-xlii., described by
Maspeeo, who would trace the influence of contemporary Greek art and
costume in the later specimens.
Benedite reports on recent acquisitions of the Louvre, including two
fine glazed jars of Eamesses II., Gazette des Beaux Arts, 1906, p. 353 ; and
publishes a beautiful head of Akhenaton, Monuments et Memoires of the
Erench Academy, Tome XIII., p. 5.
Capaet publishes a beautiful limestone head of about the beginning of
the XlXth Dynasty, probably from Memphis. Monuments et Memoires,
V. Schmidt publishes the upper part of a statue of Sesostris III. with a
peculiar pendant on the breast, and mentions other examples of the
pendant. P.S.B.A. xxviii. 268.
Jequier enumerates designs in which prisoners are represented beneath
the feet of the king. A.Z. xliii. 96.
0. Puchstein has published a very interesting lecture, Die Ionische Saule,
in which he traces the development of the Ionic column through Egyptian,
Assyrian, Persian, and Early Greek art. The Egyptian papyrus column,
according to Prof. Sciiafer's excellent suggestion, originated in the use of
bundles of papyrus as supports for mat shelters, which might be variously
decorated. In Syria and Assyria the Egyptian elements were employed
in illogical combinations. Gradually the three parts, capital, shaft, and basis,
developed regardless of their original naturalistic meaning; and at length
the lines, modified on aesthetic principles, became entirely conventional,
resulting in the elegant Ionic column. The pamphlet is amply illustrated.
Daeessy publishes a dagger found by Loeet in 1898 in a tomb at
Saqqara; its gold-plated wooden handle is inscribed with the names of a
Hyksos King Apepi and of his Semitic servant. A coffin found with it
also bore a Semitic name. Ann. vii. 115.
Xash publishes fragments with royal names, etc., from his own
collection, including a ushabti of Queen Nebtnehat. P.S.B.A. xxix. 175.
Stone pounders inscribed with the name of Senmut and Iiatshepsut or
Tethmosis III. Capaet, A.Z. xliii. 162.
Fragment of glazed pottery vase with mouth shaped for holding flowers,
dedicated by Amenhotp III. to Muth. Weede, A.Z. xliii. 71.