The Egyptian Lily


    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.

    Rights and permissions

    Reprints and Permissions

    About this article

    Cite this article

    The Egyptian Lily. Nature 126, 385 (1930).

    Download citation


    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.