The Egyptian Lily

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    IN Ancient Egypt for September 1929 (2nd ed.), recently issued, Sir Flinders Petrie publishes the result of a comparison of some two thousand dated and placed examples of the use of the lily in decorative art. The study was undertaken with the view of demonstrating that decoration being arbitrary, unlike objects of utility which may be invented and reinvented any number of times, in its resemblances it is of great value as an indicator of the movements of trade, of culture, of conquest, and of race. The comparative study of decoration thus gives an organised method of research into ages which are without a record.

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    The Egyptian Lily. Nature 126, 385 (1930). https://doi.org/10.1038/126385a0

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