Pharaoh's Bed, Island of PhilaeArtist(s)Francis FrithArtist NationalityBritish (modern)Object Creation Date1857Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
12 3/16 in x 16 7/8 in (31 cm x 42.9 cm);14 in x 18 in (35.56 cm x 45.72 cm);12 3/16 in x 16 7/8 in (31 cm x 42.9 cm);6 5/16 in x 9 in (16.1 cm x 22.8 cm)Credit LineGift of Frederick P. and Amy McCombs CurrierSubject matter
This image depicts the Kiosk of Trajan, commonly called the Pharaoh's Bed, on the Egyptian island of Philae, above the Nile River. The structure has fourteen columns with carved floral capitals and the interior is decorated with carvings of Trajan burning incense before the Egyptian gods Osiris and Isis. The landscape, spotted with palm trees and other plants, offers a sense of the fecundity of the Nile River Valley, a thematic and visual contrast with the ancient mortuary architecture.Physical Description
An open-air brick structure with columns on all four sides sits atop a small plateau surrounded by flora above the shore of a body of water.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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columns (architectural elements)