Museum Notes

Originally Published in 1926

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By Gift.
From Mrs. Edward Bok, the Museum has received as a gift 12 Indian baskets.
From Mr. Alfred M. Collins, 5 African ethnological specimens as an addition to his collection in the Museum.
From Mrs. Lydia Henriques, 3 archaeological specimens from Ecuador.
From Mrs. Charles Platt, Jr., 1 Chinese cloisonné vase and two Chinese Sang de bceuf vases of the Yung Chêng Period.
From Dr. Judson Daland, a woodcarving by an Ainu and a small collection of Alaskan Eskimo ethnological specimens.
From Mr. Kojiro Matsukata, a book of reproductions of Japanese prints.
From Miss Alice Brock, reproductions and models of Japanese money.
From Dr. Mary Griscom, a collection of Chinese embroideries, ornaments and utensils.
From Mr. C. T. Loo, a Chinese velvet tapestry of the Kien Lung Period.
From Mr. W. H. Church, a piece of Paiute Indian beadwork.
From Mr. F. C. Durant, a large Inca aryballus, a stone mortar and a mask shaped stone.
From Mr. Durant as a loan, a Peruvian stone sacrificial bowl.
From Mr. Raymond Pitcairn as a loan, 8 pieces of Gothic and late Roman sculpture.

By Purchase.
The following additions have been made to the Egyptian collections.
A limestone dog with cartouche of Thotmes III.
A faience figure of Bes.
A limestone panel from the wall of a tomb.
A Ptolemaic silver bowl.
A black granite head of Thotmes III.
A portrait head of a Prince in black granite.
4 bronze images of gods.
A bronze cat.
A small bust in limestone (sculptor’s model).
A bas relief in limestone (sculptor’s model).
A bronze statuette of a seated priest.
A fresco from a tomb wall decoration.
An inscribed stone writing tablet.
A diorite figure of Osiris.
A statue of Amenhotep II.
A Coptic stone relief.

The following additions have been made to the Mediterranean Section.
2 large Greek marble loutrophores.
2 Tanagra figurines.
A red figured Greek vase.
A Greek statuette of Demeter.
Part of an Attic grave stela.
An Attic crater.
A Cypriote painted barrel shaped Collection in the Metropolitan jar from the Cesnola Museum.

The following additions have been made to the Chinese collection.
12 Chinese terracottas.
18 Chinese textiles.

The following additions have been made to the Persian collection.
A large Persian jar of the 8th Century.
A Persian textile of the 16th Century.
A Persian illuminated manuscript book.
16th Century.
The Khamsa of Nizami.
A Mohammedan bronze candlestick inlaid with silver. 13th Century.
An Arabic enamelled glass bottle. 14th Century.

A Crow Indian ethnological collection.
2 Aztec stone masks.
9 ethnological specimens from the South Seas.
18 African wooden masks and fetiches.


The Museum has received a sum of one hundred thousand dollars from the children of Mr. Charles C. Harrison “to be known as THE CHARLES C. HARRISON FOUNDATION. . . . The income of this Foundation shall be used to defray the expenses of Museum Lectures, or in such other ways as the Managers of the Museum shall direct.” The letter conveying the gift is signed by Mr. George L. Harrison, Jr., Mrs. Ellen Harrison McMichael, Mr. Charles C. Harrison, Jr., Mr. Harry W. Harrison, Mrs. Dorothy H. Eustis and Miss Esther H. Rowland.


By understanding with Miss Mary A. Sharpe of Wilkes Barre and Washington in association with her brother and sister, Mr. Richard Sharpe and Mrs. Henry St. George Tucker, the Museum will erect a memorial to their parents, Richard and Sally Patterson Sharpe. Miss Elizabeth Montgomery Sharpe and Miss Sally Sharpe, deceased daughters of Richard and Sally Patterson Sharpe, made provision for a memorial and the surviving children in giving effect thereto have decided upon a gallery. Details will be published later.


Dr. J. Alden Mason has been appointed Curator of the American Section.


The fourth season’s work at Beisan began on September 1, 1925, and came to a close on December 31. The season’s work was chiefly remarkable for the discovery of four different temples of Ashtaroth superimposed over each other and dating from the time of Amenhotep III of the XVIII Dynasty of Egypt to that of Rameses II of the XIX Dynasty. In these temples foundation deposits and many cult objects were found as well as sculptures representing the deity in whose honour the temples were raised. The collections obtained are being exhibited for the present without division in the Museum at Jerusalem. At a suitable time they will be divided, and one half will come to the University Museum. The members of the expedition remained in Syria and Egypt during the summer and excavations will be resumed on September 1.

Mr. Alan Rowe, Director of the Palestine Expedition represented the Museum at the International Archaeological Congress held at Beyrout, Damascus and Jerusalem in April. The delegates to the Congress made a visit to Beisan and inspected the Museum’s excavations there.

The Joint Expedition of the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania and the British Museum at Ur of the Chaldees worked continuously from November 1 until March 15, taking advantage of the cooler and more favourable season. A number of sculptures were found, including a statue of the goddess, Bau, an inscribed statue of Ningal and a white marble head of the same goddess with inlaid eyes of lapis lazuli. Of great importance also is a deposit of inscribed tablets; and of special significance is the temple kitchen showing details of domestic architecture and domestic arrangements of the divinity and his priesthood. As usual, the collections will first be shown in London during the summer and at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania next winter. Mr. Woolley has returned to London and Dr. Legrain to Philadelphia. It is expected that work will be resumed again on November 1.

From Mr. Louis Shotridge in Alaska the Museum has received a number of rare specimens from the Tlinkit villages along the southeastern coast. Mr. Shotridge spent the winter in Sitka and its vicinity. As soon as the ice was clear, he started in his boat on a trip of exploration along the whole length of the coast.


Nineteen public lectures were given on Saturday after-noons during the past winter, beginning on November 7 and ending on March 27. These lectures were attended by 14,306 persons.

Fifteen lectures were given on Sunday afternoons during the winter. Teese were attended by 5,043 persons.


Thirty two lectures were given for the pupils in the Elementary Schools during the winter. These were attended by 22,328 children. In addition to these, thirty talks were given for the Elementary Schools upon American history, illustrated by the “Chronicles of America” films. These were attended by 22,989 children.

Seven lectures were given for the High Schools, which were attended by 2,058 students.

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"Museum Notes." The Museum Journal XVII, no. 2 (June, 1926): 218-222. Accessed June 16, 2024.

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