Louqsor. Le PylôneArtist(s)Pascal SebahArtist NationalityTurkish (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1880Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
16 15/16 in x 14 3/16 in (43.02 cm x 36.04 cm)Credit LineTransfer from the Kelsey Museum of ArchaeologySubject matter
In this photograph of the main entrance to the Luxor Temple, the first pylon, as well as an obelisk and two sculpted human figures, appear half-submerged in sand. Sébah here relies on natural raking light to emphasize the partially carved, partially decayed surface of the stone structures he photographs. The pointing spire of a minaret peaks out from between the central gap in the pylon, its slender verticality echoes the similar verticals created by the obelisk as well as the conical headdresses of the statues. Nevertheless, the light tone and delicate ornamentation of the minaret contrast markedly to the dark, craggy stone of the ruins in the foreground. Physical Description
Oblique view of a pylon in front of which are set an obelisk and two humanoid sculptures, half submerged in sand. A minaret peaks through the break between the two vertical elements of the pylon.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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obelisks (monumental pillars)