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Temple of Dendera

Accession Number
1980/1.155

Title
Temple of Dendera

Artist(s)
Antonio Beato

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
circa 1870-1880

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
7 7/8 in x 10 1/4 in (20 cm x 26.04 cm);10 1/4 in x 7 7/8 in (26.04 cm x 20 cm)

Credit Line
Transfer from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Subject matter
This image depicts the Temple of Hathor at Dendera (called Denderah in French), one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt. The camera appears to have been positioned at an oblique angle to the proper right corner of the building so that the depth of the structure is conveyed. The complex is in a partial state of ruin, particularly in the foreground where a shallow brick wall is visible amidst the dirt. Strong shadows cast between the six columns on the front of the temple obscure the view inside the building, drawing attention to the decorative freeze and sculptural qualities of the columns on the temple's façade.

Physical Description
Egyptian temple seen from a slightly oblique angle.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Ruins
archaeological parks
architecture (object genre)
buildings
columns
faces
masks
reliefs (sculptures)
sanctuary centers (religious centers)
temples (buildings)
travel photography

4 Related Resources

British Empire
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Egypt in 19th Century Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Monuments and Memorials
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Ruins
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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