thmes III., the era of the exodus, they had various modes of applying; in leaf, inlaying, or by beating it into other metals.
Specimens may be seen in Dr. Abbott's collection, New York.
We read that the wood of the ark was overlaid with gold, 1490 B. C.
It was lavishly practiced in ancient Rome; parts of the Capitol were thus ornamented, a single ounce only making 450 leaves, each four inches square.
Gilding is performed:—
1. By laying on gold-leaf.
2. By applying go35,000,000 per annum in the times of Rameses II., fourteenth century B. C., and were still worked under the Ptolemies.
The molten calf and the fact that Aaron fashioned it with a graving tool show that casting and engraving metals were known 1490 B. C., and the character of the articles found in the tombs, as well as the paintings and sculptures, point in the same direction.
A curious series of pictures at BeniHassan point out with some clearness the process of collecting and working gold. (