n flower was Nymphaea Lotus, though Nymphaea caerulea, Moore's blue water-lilies, can be traced on the sculptures also.
It was cultivated in tanks in the gardens; it was the chief material for festal wreaths; a single bud hung over the forehead of many a queenly dame; and the sculptures represent the weary flowers as dropping from the heated hands of belles, in the later hours of the feast.
Rock softly on the waters, fair lilies!
your Eastern kindred have rocked on the stormier bosom of Cleopatra.
The Egyptian Lotus was, moreover, the emblem of the sacred Nile,—as the Hindoo species, of the sacred Ganges; and each was held the symbol of the creation of the world from the waters.
The sacred bull Apis was wreathed with its garlands; there were niches for water, to place it among tombs; it was carved in the capitals of columns; it was represented on plates and vases; the sculptures show it in many sacred uses, even as a burnt-offering; Isis holds it; and the god Nilus still binds a