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 - Ger- Anglo-Austrian If to to EGYPTIAN SPHINX...
Ger- Anglo-Austrian If to to EGYPTIAN SPHINX FOUND BY ITS TAIL Ninety-Ton Ninety-Ton Ninety-Ton Monstecl Carved Out of Alabaster, Unearthed Near Memphis. Largest one ever moved Measures Over 14 Feet In Height and 26 Feet In Length and Petrie Says It Was Made In 1300 B. C. CAIRO. Egj-pt. Egj-pt. Egj-pt. July year ago on the marshy plains of Memph's. on the road to Sakkareh. a 'member of the British British School In Egypt fouad a curiously carved object sticking out of a sand embankment. embankment. The season was so far advanced advanced that nothing could then be done, but this, year the excavators went to work.' and the object wss found to be the tail of a sphinx, weighing ninety tons and -caned -caned from a single p'eio of alabaster. alabaster. . The monster measures some 14 feet in height and VU feet In . length. Alabaster being a rock foreign to the neighborhood, this sphinx ranks as the largest that has beea transported. The figure bears no inscription.' but Is 'considered by Prof. Flinders Petrie. the Director of the British British School tn Ecyp. to have been carved about 130U. B. C. - Many otbar remarkable discoveries, taking taking the mind- mind- back as far as S.MJO B. C. and lifting the veil of ceoturiea. from Egypt's romantic story, have also been made by the same school, and. With the exception of a red group of Ramese.i II. and 'the 'god Ptah, whlc will he sent direct to the Ny Carl berg Museum at Copenhagen, sent to London. Among these are coffins made of basket work, reeds or withies, sandal ( trays, an axe handle. In which the grip is composed composed of delicately knotted string: a pot of tinburned Incense for a fire offering Of 4C00 B. C, and numerous pieces of timbers, timbers, showing by their formation die principles of building construction that were in vogue nearly 8.000 years R c. In spite ot the great antiquity of the graves,' the objects found are In a re-m&ikable re-m&ikable re-m&ikable state of preservation.. There are bedsteads with hootlike feet, which, although : nearly S.0O years . old. look capsule of sustaining a fair weight today, today, ard long rolls of soft linen doth, also 4.0UCT years "eld. but as tough snd pliable as any modem texture straight from the loom. One of the withy hampers, row m the Cairo Museum, although of the same age, had the small leaf buds c: the m It hies still showing when It was found. : Sortie of the : bedsteads even re tain the rush webbing and plaited palm libra. ... The graves of the early EgvoUans vtr. always well provldtd with such necessa ries as were thought essential for -4 -4 he spirit -of -of the departed -when -when tt again ma-' ma-' ma-' tenanted. Consequently the relics from Tcrkhan Include' nealreats, (some, of them carved out ot trea trained specially Into peculiar shapes.) nandala. large Jars f fuoL and various vessels of gypsum and semi-transparent semi-transparent semi-transparent alabaster. Some of the vases bear the name of Vena, the earliest known Egyptian King. a

Clipped from The New York Times14 Jul 1912, SunPage 30

The New York Times (New York, New York)14 Jul 1912, SunPage 30
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