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Abidôs. Temple de Séti I

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Abidôs. Temple de Séti I

Pascal Sebah

Artist Nationality
Turkish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1880

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

17 in x 14 1/8 in (43.18 cm x 35.88 cm)

Credit Line
Transfer from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Subject 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. 

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columns (architectural elements)
temples (buildings)
travel photography

3 Related Resources

Egypt in 19th Century Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Monuments and Memorials
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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