art were estimated by their colossal proportions.
The stones of Egypt and Baalbec are yet unrivalled in modern times.
The doors of Solomon's Temple were of olive-tree wood, and on them were carved cherubim and palm-trees and open flowers.
The carving was overlaid with gold.
Other doors were of fir, similarly carved and plated.
The doors of the temple of the Indian idol Somnauth were of sandal-wood elaborately carved.
They were taken by Mahmoud of Ghizni, A. D. 1024, and were made the entrance-doors to his tomb in Afghanistan.
They were retaken by the British in 1842, and the Governor-General, after a paean in their praise worthy of a fakir, ordered them to be restored with all honor to the obscene idol, avenging the insult of 800 years.
Good sense stepped in and countermanded the absurd order.
A chisel having an oblique edge and a basil on both sides.
A skew chisel.
A large-sized knife used fo
e adorns with gems Torr from the violated necks Of many a young and loved sultana; Maidens within their pure zenana, Priests in the very fane he slaughters, And chokes up with the glittering wrecks Of golden shrines the sacred waters of the Ganges, of course.
It must not be understood, however, that he failed to strip off the gold before he pitched these things into the muddy waters of the river, which delivers yearly into the Bay of Bengal 534,600,000 tons of solid matter.
Mahmoud, about 1024, after desolating Northern India for some years, came to Somnauth, and — omitting the details — plundered from the Temple of Siva the destroyer the rich offerings of centuries, carrying them and the doors of the temple to Afghanistan, where the latter were made the doors of his tomb.
Here they rested till 1842, when the English, stung to madness by the massacre of 26,000 soldiers and camp followers in the Kyber pass, in the month of January of the same year, invaded Afghanistan in force, a