4 NOVEMBER 1916, Page 32


[Notice en this CO1U17171 does not necessarily preclude sulnezuenl repine.] Archaeological Survey of India. Annual Report, 1912-13 ; and 1913-14, Part L Edited by Sir John Marshall. (Calcutta : Superin- tendent Government Printing. 3Cs. and 3s. respectively.)—The Director-General of Archaeology in India has produced two more of his fascinating Reports to show what an expert can do, at the trifling cost of about £26,000 a year, to preserve the innumerable ancient monuments of India and make them bettor known. The more layman will be charmed with the fine photographs of old temples of all periods, of Mogul mosques and palaces, of Burmese pagodas, and, not least, of the seventeenth-century Portuguese church of St. Paul at Bassein, north of Bombay—a perfect bit of old Lisbon transplanted to the East and still recalling the long-vanished conquistadores. Scholars may note Sir John Marshall's account of his excavations at Taxila, near Rawal Pindi, which had been a mighty city on the great trade route from East to West for two thousand years before Alexander visited it. He un- earthed, among other Hellenistic trinkets, an exquisite head of Bacchus in silver repousse, tho finest piece of Greek work yet found in India.