Abidôs. Temple de Séti IArtist(s)Pascal SebahArtist NationalityTurkish (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1880Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
17 in x 14 1/8 in (43.18 cm x 35.88 cm)Credit LineTransfer from the Kelsey Museum of ArchaeologySubject matter
This photograph provides an interior view of the mortuary temple of Seti I—a nineteenth-dynasty pharaoh from Egypt’s New Kingdom—now in a state of ruin. Two massive, stone colonnades establish the vertical edges of the composition, receding back and converging toward the lower-center of the photograph. The plunging orthogonals created by the image’s single-point perspective produces a sense of deep space, which is nevertheless interrupted by the flat stone surface of a wall opposite the viewer. Stark contrasts between dark and light tones enhance the picture’s visual drama, though they also obscure somewhat the architectural and sculptural details of the building. Physical Description
This photograph shows a narrow corridor flanked on either side by two rows of massive, stone columns. Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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columns (architectural elements)