University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: George Byron Gordon

Arabic Art

By: George Byron Gordon

This is not a treatise on Arabic Art but a notice directing attention to some examples in the University Museum that I obtained at Cairo and Damascus in 1919. The terms Mohammedan Art, Arabic Art and Saracenic Art are used by different writers to describe the work of artists who flourished in the Middle East […]


Mediterranean Section – June 1910

Mr. Seager In Crete

By: George Byron Gordon

Mr. Richard B. Seager continued his excavations in Crete during the late winter and spring and has been successful in locating the cemetery of Gourna, the Mycenaean town cleared by Mrs. Harriet Boyd Hawes in 1904.  The excavation of this cemetery has occupied Mr. Seager during the season just closed.  It dates mainly from the […]


American Section – June 1910

The Heye Collection.

By: George Byron Gordon

The George G. Heye collection illustrating the culture of the American Indians has been materially enlarged since its first opening in February last. Among other things a fine carved wooden bowl from the Sauk and Fox Indians, a sun robe, and a collection of pipes from the northwest Coast have attracted special attention.  At the […]


The Functions of the Modern Museum – March 1911

By: George Byron Gordon

In its original significance the name Museum was descriptive of the uses to which the place so named was appropriated. In the classic world a museum was a home of the Muses; and since the Nine Maidens presided over the different branches of knowledge, the place thus appropriated was one dedicated to learning and to […]


Egyptian Section – March 1911

Philae, The Forsaken.

By: George Byron Gordon

The modern books of travel in Egypt never fail to praise the beauty of Philae. The nineteenth century traveler on the Nile found in this green islet, set like an antique gem in the midst of the rude waters of the first cataract, a charm on which his memory seemed especially to linger, and which […]


American Section – March 1911

A Trip to Chichen Itza.

By: George Byron Gordon

The first description of Chichen Itza is to be found in the notes of Diego de Landa, Bishop of Yucatan, which are supposed to have been written in the year 1566. It is as follows: `Chichen Itza is very well situated 10 leagues from Izamal and 11 from Valla­dolid, and the elders among the Indians […]