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Betrothal" Spoons, Welsh Museum. (Photograph by A. Freke, Cardiff)

cially noteworthy-a saw presented, with other things found in a cave at Pembroke, by Dr. Styles. Of equal interest is an Iron-Age hoard from Seven Sisters, near Neath, and one of the most remarkable finds of the kind. It consists of bronzes, many with remains of enamel, which are described and figured in Arch. Camb., 1904. Unique for this country, until a similar was found on the site of the Glastonbury lake-village a few years ago, is the pound weight of the period. Several of the objects are reproduced, in order to give the visitor an idea of their original appearance. With these exhibits are reproductions of Bronze- and IronAge objects, mostly in the Dublin Museum. The next case contains reproductions of Mycenæan art from originals in the Athens Museum. Then follow two cases of Romano-British remains. Most of these are from Gellygaer, Llantwit Major and other Welsh sites. Noteworthy among them are the bronze patella and strainer found at Kyngadle, in Carmarthenshire, ante 1839, and described by the late Mr. Romilly Allen in Arch. Camb. Elsewhere in the room will be noticed a portion of a Roman stone roof with its finial, from Llantwit Major. Space does not admit of the exhibition of the large Gellygaer collection, beyond the few specimens in the above cases. In another case, is part of a collection of pottery from a small prehistoric cemetery at Muskau, Silesia, excavated in 1884, the other part being the property of the Board of Education. The vessels consist of cineraries and their accessories, and all are shaped by hand, many being remarkable for their fine execution. There is, unfortunately, a lack of precise information about the discovery, but there is little doubt that the cemetery belonged to an early stage of the Iron Age.

The remaining three cases contain reproductions of Roman bronzes from Pompeii and Herculaneum, and plate from Hildesheim and Bernay in France, and of famous productions of the Early Christian metalworkers of Ireland. The last are of special interest,



as their wonderfully elaborate and delicate ornamentation is helpful to the student of the contemporary art of Wales, as seen on her ancient crosses and other carved stones. With them is placed the Llangwnadl bell of cast bronze, the property of the National Museum; and in a neighbouring case will be noticed another bell of the ancient Welsh Church, similar in shape, but made of sheet iron coated with bronze. This bell is lent by the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, and its source is unknown, but there is reason to think that it is identical with one described by Theophilus Jones in his History of the County of Brecknock, as found on the site of the Chapel of St. Cenau, daughter of Brychan, about 1800 (vol. ii, p. 467). On the upper portions of the walls of this room are two Roman mosaic pavements from Caerwent, several large portraits in oils of Welsh interest, and a series of old views of Cardiff and Llandaff. The portraits are of General Picton; David Williams, D.D., founder of the Royal Literary Fund; Dr. Emlyn Jones, author of Bedd y Dyn Tylawd; General Nott; and D. W. Jones, F.G.S. (Dafydd Morganwg).

The chief features of the Second Antiquities Room are ceramics and casts of decorated Welsh pre-Norman monuments. The visitor, upon entering, has on his right five cases of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain, and the series is continued on the left at the end of the room by a case of Swansea earthenware, and another of miscellaneous pieces which, in various ways, illustrates Welsh ceramics, and includes 'faked' and forged examples. The cases near at hand on this side. contain a collection of pottery to illustrate the art of the English potter from medieval days to the early decades of the last century.

The collection of Welsh porcelain is certainly the largest and best of its kind, and not often a month elapses without some connoisseur making a considerable journey to consult it. This porcelain is scarce,

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