| We seem almost to hear the hubbub of hammers and
mauls as we approach the next section of wall, where we find the skipbuilders
and cabinetmakers. Here is a long line of curving hulls, with workmen swarming
over them like ants, fitting together the earliest seagoing ships (Fig.
41). Beside them are the busy cabinet makers (Fig.
50), fashioning luxurious furniture for the noble’s villa. The
finished chairs and couches for the king or the rich are overlaid with
gold and silver, hilaid with ebony and ivory, and upholstered with soft
leathern cushions (Fig. 73).
As we look back over these painted chapel walls we
see that the tombs of Gizeh have told us a very vivid story of how these
early men learned to make for themselves the things they needed. We should
notice how many more such things these men of the Nile could now make than
the Stone Age men, who
FIG. 49. EGYPTIAN
GLASS BOTTLES AND THEIR DISTRIBUTION FROM BABYLONIA TO ANCIENT ITALY
as found in ancient Egypt
B, as found in ancient Babylonia
C, as found in ancient Italy
The shape is in imitation of Egyptian perfume bottles
cut out of alabaster. This shape be- came the common form for perfume and
toilet bottles among the Mediterranean peoples in later times (see Fig.