National Geographic : 1941 Oct
434 The National Geographic Magazine Metropolitan Museum of Art These Loaves of Bread Are 3500 Years Old They were found in "digs" at Thebes and are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Made of coarse barley flour with the husks left in, they resemble in texture some of the "health" bakery products of today. Three and a half millenniums have rendered them exceedingly dry and hard, but they are not petrified. Aside from age-long staleness, they remain exactly as they were when they were baked. There is no truth, however, in widely circulated stories of seeds of grain recovered from the pyramids sprouting and producing plants when placed in watered soil. Numerous experiments have proved that the germs are dead. Metropolitan Museum of Art Three Pieces of This Ancient "Vanity" Are Treasured in Paris and London Around the circular space in which cosmetics were prepared in prehistoric times, a spirited lion hunt has been going on for 5,000 years. The sculptured fragments were found by modern Egyptians and sold. One reached the Louvre, two the British Museum. In making the painting reproduced in color on page 436 the artist used for models the figures depicted on the ancient palette and thus obtained details which render the scene entirely accurate.