elaborately frescoed chapels have been found. Before long we may expect
a full report on the excavation.
Steindorff gives a popular account65 of a visit to the monastery of
Macarius in Nitria. It appears that the brotherhood is now recruited by
monks selected in Egypt-and banished thither by the Patriarch.
The German National Museum at Nuremberg possesses a small collection
(120 pieces) of 1 Coptic' antiquities (acquired from Porrer). These are
described66 by 0. Pelka on the lines of Strzygowski's Cairo catalogue,
whose classifications however are occasionally disputed. P. ascribes the
quantity and ubiquity of Menas flasks to a possible commercial export
from Alexandria; and he suggests that the wooden bread-stamps were not
only for sacramental, but also for everyday use. On the still unsettled
eagle-dove question, see the instance cited in last Report, p. 75.
The Vatican stelae published by Munos 67 (v. last Report, 74) are five in
number. One shows the name Pantonike; another, commemorating an
oeconomus, is decorated with two curious spade-like instruments.
C. L. Woolley discusses68 the purpose of the small bone 'dolls'
attributed to the Copts. He would regard them rather as for religious or
superstitious usage. But are they certainly Christian ? That distinguished
by a Christian inscription scarcely seems to belong to the series.
Nor is the statue in niche, published by Sobhi effendi Arif,69 in the
usual Christian style. It recalls rather the provincial work of the latest
9. Miscellaneous.—0. von Lemm has begun a fresh series of miscellanea10
with fifteen short notes, chiefly corrections or supplements to the
publications of others, e.g. to Cram's Brit. Mus. Catalogue, where no. 262
is shown to be from Baruch, ch. iv.
That Catalogue is reviewed, with a number of important rectifications,
by P. Peeters.71
A dozen Copto-Arabic MSS. at the Catholic University, Beyrout, are •
described by Cheikho.72 No. 4 is a narrative (risdlah) of the Passion,
from the Coptic, by Severus of Ashmunain. On the back of no. 2 is a
list of books, including one which may be read Atandsius durtastikdt, ' the
Festal Letters of Athanasius,' witnessing to the existence of an Arabic
translation, of which to-day nothing is known.
Clermont Ganneau calls attention to the strange name given by
Makrizi to the 12th Coptic month73: AMkd. He takes it for a confusion
with the corresponding Syrian Ab.
Until the appearance of a catalogue 'raisonne' of the Paris Coptic
collection, Chabot's publication74 of the old summary list (1739), with