University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Volume 11 : Articles

Scutella, Patella, Paterna, Patina

A Study of Roman Dinnerware

By: Kenneth D. Matthews

Arranging an old-fashioned Roman orgy is not easy. Aside from certain perhaps awk­ward moral considerations there are other com­plications worth considering in the realm of authenticity. Assuming that both spirit and flesh are willing, there still remain the problems of food and the types of table service. On the matter of food preparation great assistance […]


Gauguin’s Woodcuts

By: Richard S. Field

Like many artists before and after him, Paul Gauguin used the medium of the print to re­capitulate and initiate ideas and images. The first lithographs (1889) and the first woodcuts (1894) both summarized the creative years which preceded and carried stylistic trends fur­ther. In the first series of ten woodcuts, which may be called the […]


The Exotic Sources of Gauguin’s Art

By: Bengt Danielsson

Non, mille fois non, l’artiste ne nalt pas tout d’une piece. Qu’il apporte un nouveau maillon a la chaine commencee, c’est déjà beaucoup . . . Les idees sont comme les reves un assemblage plus ou moins forme de choses ou pensees entrevues; sait-on bien d’ou elles viennent. PAUL GAUGUIN: Racontars de rapin. Gauguin was […]


Tahiti and the South Sea Legend

By: William H. Davenport

For two centuries popular impressions of Ta­hiti have been a blend of geographic fact and eth­nic fancy concocted to feed the dreams of Euro­peans who longed for the ideal primitive life. The illusive concept of such a primitive ideal is very old in our culture, but the possibility that it might actually be found on […]


In Search of Egi Zuma

By: Froelich Rainey

At the airport in Tripoli I met the three husky young Italians who were to accompany us into the desolate reaches of the Sahara in south­east Libya. Bruno Finnochiaro is a veteran in Land Rover exploration in Africa; Renato D’Arcangeli, the Pan-American Manager in Trip­oli, was a neophyte in this kind of land travel, but […]


A Boy’s First Shave

By: Kenneth D. Matthews

Although it is suggested that this marble bust from the University Museum’s collections was found on Cyprus, the pleasant-looking young man represented cannot thus far be identified. The very existence of his portrait shows that his family had some social status but his family name and the personal name by which his parents and school […]


Return to Dra Abu el-Naga

By: Lanny Bell

In the winter of 1968 the staff of the Dra Abu el-Naga Project once more assembled in Egypt, for another season at Thebes. (A pre­liminary report on the project—with an explana­tion of our aims and an account of the activities of the first season—is published in Expedition, vol. 10, no. 2, Winter 1968.) I was […]


The Conservation of Wall Paintings in Tomb 35 at Dra Abu el-Naga

By: Geoffrey Pearce

A preliminary examination of the walls and ceiling of Tomb 35 revealed that although its remaining plastered sections have suffered extensive damage from soot and smoke, and actual physical destruction by extremes of tem­perature—incurred primarily during the Coptic and subsequent occupations—and the accumu­lative attentions of the mud-dauber wasp, there exists a larger scheme of painted texts […]


Diola Pottery of the Fogny and the Kasa

By: Olga Linares De Sapir

Separated from the modern capital of Dakar by rivers and difficult roads, the Diola of the Casamance in southern Senegal, West Africa, re­main largely traditional and self-sufficient. Theirs is a subsistence economy in which the more utili­tarian crafts, among them pottery, play an im­portant role. The same was true in the past. Dozens of small […]


Metallurgy of the Tlingit, Dene, and Eskimo

By: Frances Eyman and John Witthoft

Tlingit ethnographic collections include large numbers of copper objects in many types, most of them made from the commercial copper of Europe. Early accounts from the trade in sea otter fur record that vast quantities of commercial metals were carried to the Tlingit by Russian and American ships. Indian tradition insists that copperworking was known […]