Karnak, Les Deux Stelles PilliersArtist(s)Felice BeatoArtist NationalityBritish (modern)Object Creation Datecirca 1855-1857Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
7 15/16 in x 10 1/4 in (20.1 cm x 26 cm)Credit LineTransfer from the Kelsey Museum of ArchaeologySubject matter
Created within the ruins of an ancient Egyptian structure, this photograph depicts a view of two stelae standing erect amongst the rubble. The stelae—ornamented architectural columns that bear relief design—stand at equal heights. The pair have ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into their right sides. On their left they bear stylized relief flowers with long, vertical stems and bulbous petals. The column on the right is remarkably intact, while the other’s bottom half has crumbled away, leaving rough, bare stone beneath. Past the stelae, the site deteriorates into strewn blocks and boulders. The desert landscape beyond stretches into the distance, a thin smattering of palm trees silhouetted against the sky.Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of some ancient stone ruins. Two columns stand in the center of the photograph, each bearing relief designs and carved hieroglyphics.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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relief (sculpture techniques)