Thèbes. Medinet-Abou. Galerie et 2e Cour

Accession Number

Thèbes. Medinet-Abou. Galerie et 2e Cour

Pascal Sebah

Artist Nationality
Turkish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1880

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

16 15/16 in x 14 1/8 in (43.02 cm x 35.88 cm)

Credit Line
Transfer from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Subject matter
This photograph shows an interior view of the mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, near the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes. Rounded columns and rectangular piers face off from one another as they frame a long, shadowed corridor which constitutes the main subject of the photograph. A band of dark shadow forms a central vertical axis in the image, punctuated by a brightly illuminated stone fragment that appears to hover enigmatically in the lower center. Sunlight pours in through the gaps between the piers on the right-hand side, creating a veritable U-shape of varying light tones in the middle of the picture.        

Physical Description
This photograph shows a narrow corridor flanked on either side by a row of rounded, stone columns on the left and rectangular piers on the right. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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columns (architectural elements)
long galleries
temples (buildings)
travel photography

3 Related Resources

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

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